U.S. citizen being held in Mexico trying to fight crime in her old hometown

Posted on June 25, 2014 • Filed under: Crime, Mexico, Politics, United States

mynorthwest.com reported U.S. Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash) is speaking out on behalf of a Renton woman who’s been held in a Mexican prison for 10 months.

Smith tells KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz that Nestora Salgado, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Renton, was trying to help fight crime in her old hometown in Mexico when she was arrested.

“It’s her home village where her family was from originally,” says Smith. “As in many places in Mexico, there is inadequate security. In fact, it’s in Mexican law that local citizens can form their own security, basically their own police force. So she was part of one of those, and they were trying to enforce the law.”

As Smith understands, Salgado was arrested when in one instance, the local citizens’ security group arrested some people for dealing drugs. Following those arrests, Smith says the state came in and arrested her for kidnapping, along with several other people who faced a variety of different charges. The family brought the case to Smith’s attention. Read Article

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