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  1. #1 U.S. Anti-Kidnap Expert Kidnapped in Mexico 
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    MONTERREY, Mexico – Mexican gunmen have kidnapped a U.S. security consultant who negotiated the release of dozens of kidnap victims in Latin America.

    Gunmen abducted Felix Batista outside a restaurant last Wednesday in the relatively safe northern industrial city of Saltillo in Coahuila state, Mexican authorities and his employer, security consultancy ASI Global, said on Monday.

    Batista, a Miami-based Cuban American credited with negotiating the release of victims abducted by Colombian rebels, was snatched after he stepped outside the restaurant, answering a call on his cellular phone, Mexican media said.

    The U.S. embassy in Mexico City said it was investigating and declined to comment further.

    "He may have been targeted by organized crime in an attempt to show their power. Saltillo is not a kidnapping hot spot," said a source at Coahuila state attorney general's office.

    Batista's employer, Houston-based ASI Global, denied Mexican media reports that he was a former FBI agent and said he was on a private trip in Coahuila state near Texas, giving seminars on security.

    "We have requested help from the FBI and the Mexican authorities," said ASI Global's President Charlie LeBlanc.

    Hundreds of people are kidnapped in Mexico every year and the number of victims has increased sharply as drug gangs, under pressure from President Felipe Calderon's army-backed crackdown, seek new revenues to fund their operations.


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    That's almost funny! :D
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    Kidnapping is a big part of the drug game in Mexico. Sometimes that is the only way to make some people pay up. When I was in the game, I do not recall of anyone being kidnapped in Coahuila or Zacatecas (the two areas I operated the most in Mexico) specifically for ransom. Yeah there was money involved, but the money was owed and people wanted their money or product back.
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    This story is pure irony :D
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