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Drug Debt Said Behind Mexico Deaths

April 14, 2000

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) _ The killing of four young men in the border city of Nuevo Laredo was drug-related, authorities said Thursday.

Two men were detained Wednesday night and charged with the gangland slaying of the four youths, officials from the Mexican attorney general’s office and Tamaulipas state attorney general’s office said at a news conference.

Authorities said that the suspects allegedly tracked down the four victims early Monday in a hotel, kidnapped and killed them in two vehicles, and dumped their bodies on the street in Nuevo Laredo, just south of Laredo, Texas.

Authorities identified the victims as Rogelio Santos Gonzalez, Jorge Lopez Rodriguez, Pedro Garza Armendariz and Roberto Santos Gonzalez. They did not give their ages.

Officials said the victims apparently stole 10 pounds of cocaine from the suspects. They did not elaborate.

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