Soccer goalie detained in kidnapping investigation

Mexican officials say an international soccer goalie has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a kidnapping ring.

Officials say Omar Ortiz, also known as El Gato, “The Cat,” was arrested last week with three other suspected members of the ring.

Officials say Ortiz has been under suspicion since he tested positive for steroids in April of 2010, and was suspended from playing for Rayados of Monterrey. The suspension was to be lifted in a few months.

Ortiz and the other suspects have been charged with four abductions, but may have been involved in nearly two dozen. The gang is reported to have demanded $72,000 for each victim.

Officials say kidnapping rings likely represent an expansion of drug gangs.

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