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Mexico police rescue 58 migrants held near border

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 10:50pm  ET

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican federal police have rescued 58 migrants who were allegedly kidnapped and held in a house near the U.S. border.

The federal police department says in a statement Wednesday that 51 migrants are from Guatemala, six from India and one from El Salvador.

The statement says federal agents rescued the people from a home in Nogales, which is across the border from Nogales, Arizona. A 43-year-old man who was guarding them was detained.

Until recently, most abductions of migrants happened in northeastern Mexico, an area controlled by the Zetas and the Gulf drug cartels. In 2010, the Zetas were blamed for the mass slaying of 72 migrants in northern Mexico.

Organized crime in northwestern Mexico is run by the Sinaloa drug cartel, which controls the border area along Arizona.


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