FBI arrests 3 in cartel-linked ‘ransom drop’ in Fort Worth
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — FBI agents in Fort Worth have arrested three men accused of trying to collect money in a kidnapping and extortion scheme involving a fourth man who claims ties to a Mexican drug cartel.
The Star-Telegram reports that 21-year-old Fernando Cabrera, 19-year-old Nygul Anderson and 18-year-old Albert Gonzalez have been charged with conspiracy to possess extortion proceeds. A juvenile was also arrested during the alleged ransom drop at Fort Worth’s Home Depot last week but hasn’t been charged.
Police say the suspects traveled to the store to pick up $100,000 from a man who was receiving threatening calls from a Mexican phone number. The caller allegedly told the man he worked with a cartel and would kidnap and kill his brothers if the money wasn’t dropped off.
Anderson says the men were getting the money for Cabrera’s relative.
Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com