Saltillo Kidnapping of US Security Expert – NYTimes.com

And this is what’s happening in my neighborhood…

Mr. Batista, a former United States Army officer credited with helping to free hostages abducted by Colombian rebels, has frequently been quoted by journalists on Mexico’s drug violence. He offered regular seminars to wealthy Mexicans who feared they were abduction targets.

At a private security conference in Tijuana in February, Mr. Batista said kidnappings in northern Mexico were especially delicate because drug traffickers were frequently involved.

“The narco-kidnappers are not looking for chump change,” he was quoted as saying by McClatchy Newspapers in April. “It’s a pretty darn good side business.”

Read the rest here: Negotiator in Kidnapping Cases Is Himself Abducted in Mexico – NYTimes.com

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