Sheriff: Mexican Drug Cartel Kidnappings Taking Place In North Carolina

ALAMANCE COUNTY, NC (The News & Record) – Two people are charged in a triple kidnapping earlier this week.

Briana Lizeth Cardenas and Hector Manuel Lopez Jr. are accused of kidnapping three people at gunpoint Tuesday night, according to an Alamance County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Authorities believe more suspects were involved and allege the kidnapping is connected to drug trafficking involving the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, according to the release.

The first two victims were released in Mebane while the third was taken to Robeson County where he was rescued Thursday. The 20-year-old male victim was found in a mobile home parked in the 100 block of Pine Tree Road in Lumberton. He had been beaten during the kidnapping and was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to the release.

A car belonging to one of the victims was also taken and found in the Haw River, according to the release.

Cardenas, of 1322 Mebane Oaks Road in Mebane, is charged with three counts of accessory before the fact of a first-degree kidnapping and armed robbery. She is being held at the Alamance County Detention Center on $250,000 bail.

Lopez, of 4457 Tangle Ridge Trail in Burlington, is charged with three counts of first-degree kidnapping, three counts of armed robbery and larceny of a stolen vehicle. He also had an outstanding warrant on charges of first-degree kidnapping, trafficking cocaine and trafficking cocaine by delivery, according to the release. He is being held at the detention center on $1.3 million bail.

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