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Mexican marines rescue migrants from drug gang

Associated Press Published: May 7, 2012

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Navy says marines have freed 18 migrants held captive by the Zetas drug gang in the city of Piedras Negras on the U.S. border.

The Secretary of the Navy says in a written statement issued Monday that marines also captured two members of the Zetas, a cartel known for mass kidnappings of mostly Central American migrants who are held for ransom or forced to help the gang smuggle drugs over the border. The Zetas have been accused of slaughtering scores of migrants who don't cooperate.

The migrants' nationalities weren't specified. They were found in a building in the city across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.