But instead of receiving the $2 million, the men from Los Palillos were caught by a SWAT team after a family member of Gonzalez's managed to give the gang a suitcase with some of the money as well as a hidden tracking device, according to a report by ABC News' San Diego affiliate 10 News.
By that time, however, Moreno had long since fled the scene. Gonzalez said he recalled her asking the kidnappers, "Can I go home?" and "What car should I take?" directly following his capture.
She disappeared to Tijuana and was not found for three years, prosecutors said. But in August 2010, she was arrested by Mexican authorities based on information given by U.S. officials, who had discovered her working in a Tijuana law office.
Mendoza was extradited to the U.S. and she is now on trial for the original charges leveled at her in 2007: kidnapping for ransom with bodily injury and conspiracy to commit kidnapping for ransom. If convicted, she faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mendoza's lawyer, Sandy Resnick, maintains that it is all a case of mistaken identity and the men had been taken in by another woman.
Two other members of Los Palillos -- the kidnappers -- are currently serving life imprisonment sentences. Five more remain at large, although authorities believe they are likely in Mexico, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The San Diego District Attorney's office declined to comment on the case and Resnick did not respond to a request for comment for this report.