Final suspect in auto theft ring linked to Mexican cartels turns himself in

(Photo courtesy of the Laredo Police Department) 

The last suspect on the run linked to a cartel-related auto theft ring has turned himself in to Laredo authorities.

Gina Gonzales, an investigator with the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force, says the group's objective was to steal the cars and take them into Mexico for the cartels. Eight cars were stolen including two from San Antonio.

Investigators previously arrested Cesar Bustamante, Arturo Ayala, and Isreal Sanchez. On Tuesday, Abraham Ahumada turned himself in to police. The group of four had been the subject of a 2-month-long investigation by the LATTF.

Police said in some of the cases where the cars were stolen, the doors were unlocked or the key was left inside.

Meanwhile, investigators are still searching for Jorge Lopez of Natalia and Ramon Mendoza of San Antonio. Both are wanted in connection to another operation where 18 cars were stolen from San Antonio and other cities.

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