Juanita Ernestina Sanchez Quintanilla, 65, a Mexican national living in San Antonio on an immigration permit, has been charged with the kidnapping of Arturo Gomez in October, 2011, near his home in Monterrey, Mexico.
Mexican court documents state several members of the Gulf drug cartel who were arrested shortly after the kidnapping have implicated Quintanilla, who knew Gomez, as the ring leader who organized the kidnapping, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Cartel members said Quintanilla threw a party at her home and invited Gomez, giving the kidnappers their opportunity. They also allege she rented a safe house where the kidnappers brought Gomez after his abduction.
Eventually the plan faltered and the kidnappers released Gomez without collecting the $250,000 ransom they had demanded.
She was taken into custody Tuesday by U.S. marshals and a lawyer said she plans to fight extradition back to Mexico.
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