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Kidnapped woman found alive

February 20, 2004

Tifton- Dozens of family and friends rush to the Tift County Sheriff's Department with word that Aracely "Sally" Herrera is okay.

"Her physical appearance appeared to be fine. She told us that she was not harmed," says Sheriff Gary Vowell.

Herrera was taken at gunpoint from her Omega home Wednesday afternoon. Two men, identified as Jose Vaucesta Trebeno and Arandu Arroyo Gomez, rushed into her home, tied up three family members with duct tape and took her.

She was found around 6 AM in North Fulton County.

"I can't give you an exact number of other arrests, but there will be several other arrests that we intend to make involving this kidnapping," adds Vowell.

While Tift County investigators won't talk about a motive, Lee County Sheriff's investigators will. They say Sally Herrera is the sister of and 28-year-old Jose Martinez and 23-year-old Luis Martinez.

They and another man, 27-year-old Gerardo Marquez of Marietta, were arrested a week and a half ago in Lee County for trafficking a kilo of cocaine. They are also believed to be part of a multi-million dollar drug cartel.

Investigators won't say why they think Trebeno and Gomez kidnapped Herrera, but they believe her abduction is linked to the cocaine ring and this case is far from over.

The two suspects are being held in Fulton County jail. Sheriff Vowell says deputies also seized several weapons when they raided the home, but still have not recovered the black Jeep Grand Cherokee Herrera was taken in.

Posted at 5:20 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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