Three men are facing federal allegations after they apparently kidnapped an area man after a drug deal gone wrong. Official reports show that the trio, ages 22, 26 and 57, have been charged with federal crimes including kidnapping. The defendants appeared in a federal court in North Carolina, but they may be extradited to South Carolina to actually face trial. They are accused of not only kidnapping the man, but also demanding ransom and holding the victim at gunpoint.
Official reports say that the men are accused of kidnapping a 23-year-old victim. That man was involved with an organization that engaged in drug sales, and he had apparently previously delivered about 200 pounds of marijuana to a customer. The victim gave the drugs to the customer, expecting financial compensation for the drugs at a later time. However, that client apparently made off with the marijuana and never paid the man. The drug group, based in Mexico, decided to hold the victim and his father accountable for the loss of $200,000 -- the cost of the missing drugs. When they could not pay the bill, the victim stopped working for the Mexican trafficking group.