The Nogales International reports that Christian Perez-Caroil, Ruben Diaz-Vega and Alfredo Luna-Perez are accused of holding three immigrants at gunpoint in the remote desert near Amado in southern Arizona.
A criminal complaint filed March 29 in federal court in Tucson says the immigrants became separated from their smuggler when they came across a gun-wielding Luna-Perez.
They were taken to a camp where the Diaz-Vega and Perez-Caroil were, and the immigrants were ordered to call their families and ask for money for their safe release.
Each family paid between $1,000 and $1,500 before the immigrants were released.
Soon after they were apprehended by Border Patrol agents, who then tracked down the suspects and arrested them.