Translated by Fulano from an article in PSNTV,Info.
A transportation leader, identified as Ariel Armenta Verdugo, was murdered after being kidnapped last July, in spite of the fact his relatives paid the ransom demanded by his kidnappers of US$700,000 dollars, after they initially demanded US$1 million.
Armenta Verdugo worked as the president of the Taxi Libre Union, in addition to having a taxi and bus concession, when he was kidnapped by an armed squad which negotiated with the victim’s family to demand the $1 million dollar ransom.
In light of this case, transportation leaders, like Alfredo Guzmán, secretary general of the Federation of Workers and Employees of Baja California, raised their voices against the authorities “for the crimes we are enduring. Right now we are carrying a colleague who was kidnapped and in the end was killed. This is not the only case, four or five months ago, five our our colleagues were killed in taxi libres. This crime we are suffering is enough, and the mayor must bring this to a stop, assign capable people to direct the municipal police and stop putting in improvised people. We need results for the crimes that have been ongoing in the year and a half of this administration. Criminals are infiltrating into public transportation, many of them, there are people in the taxi libres, drugs have been seized from the taxi libre trunks. For all the requirements which we ask of the taxi libre drivers, they still slip in.”
For their part, the taxi leader’s relatives reported the case to the State Attorney General, although later they asked the Attorney General to stop investigating the case.
Unofficial sources reported that the relatives paid the negotiated ransom of US$700,000 around August 15, but the body of Armenta Verdugo appeared on August 17 as an unknown.
That day, the Municipal Police received a report on the discovery of a body in a state of decomposition, in the bed of a white pick-up, with plates BN 65-712, which was left in colonia Constitucion de 1917, in the Cerro Colorado district.
The body had indications of torture, and according to the autopsy, the victim died by strangulation and was only given to his relatives after a DNA test proved his identity.