Almost two months ago, three armed gunmen broke into a McAllen, Texas, home and kidnapped an American citizen in broad daylight.
Armando Morfin has not been seen or heard from since.
However, Morfin's wife, Marina, who was home with her 4-year-old daughter on the morning of the March 30 abduction, is speaking out and has revealed to The Monitor that the assailants personally identified themselves as members of the notorious Zetas cartel. Authorities never mentioned this important detail.
"When I got out of the room with my little girl behind me, that’s when I had three guys in my living room pointing guns at me, yelling at me, telling me not to move and that they were from the Zetas,” she said.
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The three gunmen who stormed into Morfin’s home March 30 were highly skilled and organized, she said. They wore matching camouflage outfits that included caps and face masks and spoke only in fluent Spanish.
“They told me who they were and they told me not to look at them, so I closed my eyes,” Morfin said. “I was so scared. I really thought they were going to kill me.”
The mother of three tried reasoning with the men, telling them she owned nothing of worth.
“We’re not coming to get anything,” they told her. “We’re coming to ask your husband a couple of questions.”
Armando Morfin, 40, was not at home when the alleged Zetas arrived at the home because he was dropping his 8-year-old son and one of his 4-year-old twin daughters off at school, according to The Monitor.
When he got home, Armando was caught by complete surprise.
"Next thing I know, I hear him coming and he gets off the car,” Marina Morfin said about her husband. "And that’s when he opens the door and yells out loud, ‘What the (expletive)?’"
A struggle ensued, she explained, but eventually the men overpowered her husband.
“He tells me not to yell, not to cry and not to call the cops — that my husband would come back in a half hour to untie me. And that’s it. He never came back. I had to untie myself,” she told The Monitor.
Armando Morfin was then dragged out of his home and thrown into the back of the family's minivan. The vehicle was found later found by an irrigation worker, torched in a field near La Blanca, the report said.
The motive of the kidnapping remains unclear, however, multiple law enforcement databases list Armando Morfin as a "criminal associate of the drug underworld," according to The Monitor. Further, public records indicate that he was sentenced to eight years for a second-degree felony of possession of marijuana in 1999 – meaning it is possible the incident is drug-related.
Still, why police decided not to reveal that the kidnappers may have been members of the Zetas cartel is still a mystery.
Meanwhile, the drug cartel continues to haunt the Morfin family.
Fearing that the Zetas would come back for her and her family, Marina Morfin and her children left Texas. Now almost two months later the wife and mother is still pleading with her husband's captors to release him so he can be reunited with his family.
“Please, just let him go,” she said. “I don’t know what he’s done wrong that they had to take him away. Just let him go. He’s sick. He’s more use to us than to them. His kids need him. His family needs him. I need him.”
The Morfin family is offering a cash reward to anyone with information that leads to Armando's location, according to The Monitor.
The Monitor also correctly points out that more than 66 percent of home invasions resulting in deaths since 2010 are connected to drug trafficking.