A Salvadoran immigrant was allegedly kidnapped and released after relatives paid $10,000, according to media reports.

La Voz newspaper reported that the immigrant was kidnapped by smugglers under the promise to cross him to the U.S.

At 1:40 p.m. Tuesday a person was reported as kidnapped in Fraccionamiento Las Californias neighborhood.

State Anti-Kidnapping officers arrived at the scene and found Luis David, 22, of El Salvador, who told police agents a relative paid $1,500 to get to the border.

Once in Mexicali, the immigrant was asked $7,000.

However, smugglers started punching the immigrant during a video call with his family members and demanded a $2,500 payment for his release.

The immigrant was left in a residence. State police officers are investigating the issue.

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