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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 state.
 
Juan Fuentes-Morales, Luis Castro-Villeda and Ruben Ceja-Rangel were ordered to face charges in South Carolina.
 
According to 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.
 
An 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 $200,000.
 
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.

   
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