Captors Headed South
Three men charged with kidnapping a South Carolina
man and holding him against his will in Sampson and
Cumberland counties, in North Carolina, have
been returned to US District Court in the Palmetto
Juan Fuentes-Morales, Luis
Castro-Villeda and Ruben Ceja-Rangel were ordered to
face charges in South Carolina.
the court documents, United States marshals must
transport the defendants, together with a copy of
this order, to the charging district and the
defendants to the United States marshal for that
district, or to another officer authorized to
receive the defendant. The marshal or officer in the
charging district should immediately notify the
United States attorney and the clerk of court for
that district of the defendant's arrival so that
further proceedings may be promptly scheduled.
The clerk of this district must promptly transmit
the papers and any bail to the charging district.
The order was signed Monday, July 21, 2014 by
Kimberly A. Swank, US Magistrate Judge.
unidentified man was pulled from his pickup truck
near St..Mathews, SC on Wednesday morning, July 9,
2014 and taken away. His abductors were
identified as members of a Mexican Drug Trafficking
Organization (MDTO). The captured man and his
dad reportedly had received 100 pounds of marijuana
from a Mexican organization and failed to pay
Over 200 FBI agents moved into
buildings in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park a few
days later and used them along with the Ammon Fire
Department as staging areas to capture the three
Hispanic males. According to court documents,
the FBI intercepted phone calls to the family of the
capture man demanding ransom in the range of
$100,000 to $400,000.