ROSEBORO, N.C. - The FBI has revealed why a kidnapping victim was targeted and held hostage in North Carolina for days.
FBI agents found the 23-year-old victim chained and blindfolded at a home in Roseboro around 5 a.m. Tuesday -- six days after he was kidnapped on his way to work in St. Matthews, South Carolina.
Authorities now say he had been delivering drugs for a Mexican drug cartel and owed it $200,000.
After he disappeared, his fiancée started receiving dozens of calls for ransom.
"Very early into the investigation we immediately started getting calls originating out of Mexico that wanted demands and money demands for the release of our victim," said FBI Special Agent David Thomas.
FBI agents said their biggest challenge was finding where the victim was being kept.
They searched five locations before finding him in Roseboro.
Three men, Luis Castro-Villeda, Reuben Ceja-Renjal and Juan Fuentes-Morales, were arrested after the rescue and they all face federal kidnapping charges.
Investigators said they expect even more arrests to follow.
The victim said he believed he was being pulled over by police officers before he was abducted at gunpoint.
He was hurt, but not seriously.
He's now with his family.
The FBI sent extensive resources to its Charlotte office, including its hostage rescue team, for the operation.
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