SAN DIEGO–A local man entered a guilty plea in federal court in San Diego today to count one of an indictment charging him and two others with conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
Antonio Zermeno Garcia’s co-defendants Luis Miguel Salas Rodriguez and Carlos Alberto Andrade-De La Cruz previously entered guilty pleas to the same charge on April 26.
In connection with the entry of their guilty pleas, the defendants admitted that, in March 2012, they devised a plan to kidnap three individuals who owed them money for narcotics trafficking. They further admitted they planned to kidnap the individuals in San Diego, California, and transport them to Tijuana, Mexico. Defendant Andrade-De La Cruz further admitted that he was an organizer and leader of this kidnapping conspiracy and that he illegally crossed into the United States on March 14, 2012, in order to locate the first victim with the assistance of Defendants Salas Rodriguez and Zermeno Garcia.
Luis Miguel Salas Rodriguez and Carlos Alberto Andrade-De La Cruz are scheduled to appear before United States District Judge William Q. Hayes for sentencing on July 29.
Antonio Zermeno Garcia’s plea is subject to final acceptance by Judge Hayes at or before sentencing on August 12.