Seven Indicted In Kidnap/Murder

El Paso – Federal authorities have announced the indictment of seven people in connection with kidnapping of a Texas man later found slain in a Mexican street with his arms chopped off.

Rafael Vega, 26, of Tornillo, and Cesar Obregon-Reyes, 21, and Omar Obregon-Ortiz, 21, both Mexican citizens living in Tornillo, were charged with kidnapping and conspiracy in the death of Sergio Saucedo, officials said Thursday.

These charges stem from the kidnapping of Saucedo from his home in Horizon City in September 2009. He was taken to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where authorities believe he was murdered and mutilated in retaliation for the loss of a marijuana load seized at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint in El Paso.

Others named in the indictments were Joey Albert Ashley, 39, Manuel Hernandez, 46, David Vasquez Pena, 42, and, David Octavio Calleros, 26, all of El Paso. They were charged with possession and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

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