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The state of Nevada has issued an Amber Alert for a six year old boy who has been abducted in what is looking like the written script only seen in an action movie.
Earlier in the week, LVMPD reported that a 6-year-old boy was kidnapped during a robbery around 7:15 a.m. Police say two men, described as Hispanic, took Cole Puffinburger.
According to police, the two suspects knocked on the door and indicated they were police however once inside they tied up the boy’s mother and her male friend and began looking for money in the home. Police say they took the boy when no money was found.
All three suspects speak with an Hispanic accent. One of the suspects have black shoulder length hair slicked back, in his early 30’s, 5’7″ and 150 pounds. Last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. The police grew suspicious so they brought it to the national level (not uncommon in a kidnapping case).
Coincidentally, in September the boy’s mother had filed a missing persons report on her father who she had lost contact with in May of this year. This morning the grandfather has been found in southern California and is now being held as a “person of interest”.
Why is he a person of interest?
Investigators said they believe the child’s kidnapping may be linked to the grandfather’s drug dealings with Mexican nationals. Officials are keeping a tight lip on this case for obvious reasons. But, police say they believe the men were Mexican drug dealers and that the kidnapping at gunpoint was a “message” to the grandfather. The grandfather is said to owe the drug dealers $8 million to $20 million, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The grandfather has a history of bankruptcy and debts, according to sources.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police is now working with the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Who does this sort of thing?
According to law enforcement officials, trafficking-related kidnappings are common in Mexico. Drug-related violence is blamed for about 3,500 deaths this year.
Las Vegas is said to serve as a way station for drugs headed to the Midwest and California, officials said, and has its own sizable demand for methamphetamine. The traffickers will usually seize cars and other assets to recoup money- sort of like a repo person would.
The ironic thing to me is that with all the border fences, border patrol police and efforts that have been enacted by the current administration, how could this happen? As per US Department of Homeland Security ,
President Bush’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 budget recognizes that securing America’s borders is a top priority. U.S. Customs and Border Protection budget request for FY 2008 represents an increase of $2.43 billion, a 31.4 percent increase over FY 2007, excluding funds provided in FY 2007 as emergency appropriations. CBP’s FY 2008 budget reflects $8.79 billion in appropriated resources and $1.38 billion in funding acquired through user fees, for a total of $10.2 billion.
All this was done to keep people from stealing low wage jobs away from Americans. Ironically, these thugs seem to have no problem generating their crimes. How are they able to come into the US to do this? And, with what seems with ease? Has the U.S. wasted more millions in stupid spending?
One thing is for sure.
These drug thugs have crossed the line in every timezone. Yes, the alleged, person who owed millions should have to own up to his illegal deeds. But, kidnapping a six year old child?
Here is the Amber Alert information on the innocent victim.
First Name: Cole
Last Name: Puffinburger
Age: 6 years old
Height: 3′ 11″
Weight: 48 pounds
Shirt/Blouse: black, John Cena Sweatshirt
Pants: dark jeans
Shoes: black Vans tennis shoes
Other Features: silver-rimmed glasses
Date/Time of Disappearance: 10/15/08 – 7:15 a.m.
Number of Suspects: 3 males, all speak with Hispanic accent
Description of 1 male suspect:
Height: 5′ 7″
Hair: black, shoulder length hair, slicked back
Shirt/Blouse: white t-shirt
Pants: blue jeans
Make: Dodge RAM, 4 door, Pickup Truck
License Plate: KA6 251
Contact: Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD)
Phone #: (702) 828-3111 TTY-(702) 828-3111