An investigation into a drug-related kidnapping led to the arrests of two men in Magna on Christmas.

A 19-year-old man called the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office about 5 p.m. Tuesday saying he had just been tied up against his will and he had escaped but that possibly up to four armed men were looking for him, said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Paul Jaroscak.

The man told investigators the suspects, who were involved with drugs, believed he was a snitch, Jaroscak said. The man had injuries to his wrists and ankles consistent with being tied up, he said. The man claimed he was bound for about four hours. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. The sheriff's office did not provide details Wednesday on how the man escaped.

Detectives from the drug and violent crimes units went to the house where the man said he was held captive, near 3500 South and 7300 West. They set up surveillance and spotted a car in the driveway whose registered owner had a warrant out for robbery, Jaroscak said.

Two men exited the house, drove off in the car and were pulled over a short time later. In the car, investigators found cocaine and a large amount of cash, Jaroscak said.

Antonio Mayorga, 19, and Jose Luis Garcia, 23, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated kidnapping and drug distribution.

Inside the house, detectives found evidence of the victim being tied up, his wallet and other evidence consistent with the story he gave deputies, Jaroscak said.


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