A South Texas woman is appealing for mercy from Mexico's brutal Zetas drug cartel, which she believes is behind the March 30 abduction of her husband by three gunmen who stormed into their home.
Marina Morfin tells The Monitor of McAllen the three smashed through their glass front door and held her and her 4-year-old daughter at gunpoint. She says when her husband Armando Morfin arrived home, they took him away.
"Please, just let him go," she said in an interview with the newspaper. "I don't know what he's done wrong that they had to take him away. Just let him go. He's sick. He's more use to us than to them. His kids need him. His family needs him. I need him."
The three who stormed the house acted professionally, she said. They wore matching camouflage outfits, including caps and face masks, and spoke only fluent Spanish.
"They told me who they were and they told me not to look at them, so I closed my eyes," she said. "I was so scared. I really thought they were going to kill me."
Instead, she said they bound and gagged her and her daughter and waited until Armando Morfin arrived home.
"Next thing I know, I hear him coming and he gets off the car," she said of her husband. "And that's when he opens the door and yells out loud, `What the (expletive)?"'
After a struggle, the three overpowered the man and took him, the family's cellphones and their car keys, she said.
"Thank God that they didn't touch me," she said. "They didn't do anything to me or to my daughter. I just don't know what they're doing to my husband."
Armando Morfin, 40, has not been seen since. He owns a landscaping business that provided "no luxuries," said his wife, whom The Monitor reported has moved out of Texas. Doctors had diagnosed him in December, she said, as having multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system.
Morfin drew an 8-yaer prison sentence in 1999 after pleading guilty to felony drug possession, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety database.
Morfin's family is offering a monetary reward for anyone with information as to his whereabouts, The Monitor reported.\
"I have to have hope because if there's no hope, there's no life," his wife said. "I know he's going to come back to me. He has to. He has three wonderful kids who love him, and I adore him."