Seven people have been arrested and four others are wanted in connection with an aggravated kidnapping that occurred earlier this month.
According to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place on May 6, just after 11:15 p.m. in the area of 5 Mile Line Road and La Homa Road in rural Mission.
Authorities said that when they arrived on the scene, witnesses reported that Rolando Cruz Jr. and Jose Alfredo Eliserio Jr. were forcefully taken at gunpoint.
In a release, authorities said, they later identified Enrique Aguirre, also known as ‘Junior,’ as being the leader of the kidnappers who was ordered to kidnap and recover the narcotics.
Through the course of their investigation, authorities identified the following people as being part of a transnational criminal organization: Enrique Aguirre Jr., Luis Angel Jimenez, Jorge Elias Martinez, Oved Alejandro Ponce, Victor Luna, Jose Alfredo Chavez, Marco Antonio Elizondo, a 16-year-old girl and two 16-year-old boys who authorities said committed the offense of aggravated kidnapping.
The two 16-year-old boys and 16-year-old girl were charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity.
An additional arrest of Rocio Hernandez Barajas, was also completed as authorities said he provided the weapons for the offense.
Authorities added that through a series of raids and execution of several search warrants throughout Hidalgo County, investigators found weapons, body armor, bulletproof vest carriers, ballistic helmets, rifle magazines, ammunition and ballistic masks.
According to the release, the two men taken were located and has injuries consistent with being beaten.
Deputies added warrants have been issued for Enrique Aguirre Jr. (AKA Junior), Oved Alejandro Ponce, Victor Luna (AKA Hector Bernal) and Marco Antonio Elizondo for aggravated kidnapping and engaging in organized criminal activity. These suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.
If you have any information on the location of the suspects, contact Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (956) 668-TIPS or the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office at (956) 383-8114. You can also submit an anonymous tip through the smartphone application “P3 Tips.”