October 18, 2008

Amber Alert Ended for Missing Boy

Nevada officials discontinued an Amber Alert on Saturday for a Las Vegas boy allegedly kidnapped by drug dealers because his grandfather owes them money.

Sgt. Tom Wagner of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said that the investigation into 6-year-old Cole Puffinburger's kidnapping is active, with police executing search warrants and looking for three persons of interest, one of them identified as a Mexican national named Jesus Gastelum, ABC News reported. But he said that traffic to the Amber Alert line "has slowed considerably."

The grandfather, Clemons Tinnemeyer, 51, was arrested in Riverside Calif., Friday. Tinnemeyer, who dropped out of sight in May, is suspected of being a major player in the Las Vegas methamphetamine trade, CNN reported.

Las Vegas Police Capt. Vincent Cannito told reporters Tinnemeyer is involved in "significant drug dealing" and owed money to Mexican suppliers. His grandson was allegedly kidnapped by drug dealers in an attempt to flush Tinnemeyer from hiding and recover their lost money, he said.

"These are extremely dangerous people," Cannito said. "This is as bad as it gets."

Cole's mother told police three armed men invaded her home Wednesday, tied her up, ransacked the house looking for money and left with her son.