Police arrested nine suspected kidnappers and rescued two captives in Guadalajara, the capital of the western Mexican state of Jalisco, officials said.
The operation was carried out Monday afternoon in the El Palomar district after a victim of the kidnappers filed a criminal complaint, Jalisco Public Safety Commissioner Francisco Alejandro Solorio said.
Police seized five firearms and five vehicles from the kidnappers, one of whom is a woman, Solorio said.
One of the suspects has been linked to the massacre of 26 people whose bodies were dumped at the Arcos del Milenio monument on Nov. 24, 2011, Solorio said.
Investigators blamed Los Zetas, considered Mexico's most violent drug cartel, for the killings because of a sign left with the bodies and oil markings on the victims that said "Z Milenio."
Prosecutors "will continue the investigation since it appears the suspects took part in other kidnappings and crimes," the Jalisco Attorney General's Office said. EFE