COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Three men have been indicted on charges of kidnapping a South Carolina man for a Mexican drug cartel and holding him for ransom.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said in a release Wednesday the charges involve Juan Manuel Fuentes-Morales and Ruben Ceja-Rangel, both of Mexico, and Luis Castro-Villeda of Garland, North Carolina.
All three were charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, substantive kidnapping and hostage taking for ransom. as well as two counts each for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Nettles says they face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment on each of the five charges if convicted. An arraignment is scheduled for later this month in Columbia.
The man was held for nearly a week in July in a dispute over $200,000 in marijuana.