Person kidnapped while trying to buy marijuana is freed by California cops; 5 arrested

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday, Jan. 30, rescued a person who had been kidnapped after trying to purchase illegally grown marijuana and then found illegal pot cultivation sites in searches of homes in Homeland and Perris, a news release said.

Four Perris residents were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping after deputies pulled over the trucks they were in: Nicolas Hernandez Villasenor, 31, Miguel Mora Reyes, 20, Huber Colima Saucedo, 25, and Israel Meza Valerio, 35, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The investigation began with a report of a kidnapping for ransom. Investigators freed the victim before stopping two trucks at the intersection of Wilkerson Avenue and 4th Street in Perris, the release said. How deputies were able to locate and rescue the victim and find the suspects was not immediately explained.