SHAFAQNA – The FBI is looking into a claim made in a call to a Texas border-town police department that a Mexican organized-crime cartel has kidnapped a Border Patrol agent, officials said yesterday.Customs and Border Protection officials added that there are no reports that any of its 3,100 Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley sector in southern Texas are missing.
“Until we rule it out, we treat it as a true kidnapping,” FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee said.
Chris Cabrera, a representative with the National Border Patrol Council, which represents Border Patrol agents, said concerns began with a phone call to police in the small town of La Joya.
There are several organized-crime cartels working just across the border from Texas, smuggling drugs and dealing in weapons as well as sneaking immigrants into the United States. They are considered to be some of the most-violent criminal organizations in the world.