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Sources: Mother of kidnapped Clayton County girl knows suspect

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Sketch of Wildrego Jackson, 29.  Charged with conspiracy to kidnap for ransom. Sketch of Wildrego Jackson, 29. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap for ransom.
ELLENWOOD, GA (CBS46) -

One of the two suspects arrested in the kidnapping of a teenage girl in Ellenwood is expected to make his first appearance in court.

Wildrego Jackson, 29, of Atlanta, who was charged with conspiracy to kidnap, is expected to appear in federal court Thursday afternoon.

Jackson and Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez (a.k.a. Ramirez), 40, were arrested Wednesday, a day after 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez was kidnapped from her home during a robbery.

Local and federal authorities found the girl safe in Conyers.

CBS News Crimesider is reporting the mother of the girl kidnapped at gunpoint knew one of the suspects who's in custody in the case.

According to the Henry Daily Herald, Maria Magdalena Corral was arrested with Juan Alberto Conteras-Ramirez and three others in February 2012 following a drug raid in Stockbridge. The five people were arrested on charges of trafficking marijuana, according to the paper.

During the raid, agents with the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force recovered about 550 pounds of marijuana and $3,000 in cash, authorities reportedly told the paper.

Corral was never indicted in the drug-trafficking case and Contreras-Ramirez had the charges dropped against him after a judge ruled the search of the home was unconstitutional because the agents lacked a warrant, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Multiple sources have confirmed to CBS News that Corral is the mother of Ayvani Perez, the girl abducted earlier this week in the middle of the night by two armed men. Authorities released sketches of the men who are still at large, police said.

The FBI identified the kidnapping suspects in custody as Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, described as a 40-year-old Mexican national, and Jackson. A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to CBS Crimesider that Contreras-Rodriguez also goes by Contreras-Ramirez.

"It is the same guy," Vincent Picard, spokesperson for ICE, said.

The FBI said in a news conference Wednesday that Rodriguez is being held on immigration-related charges and Jackson is being held on conspiracy to kidnap.

Ayvani was returned to her family Wednesday and is safe, officials said.

Clayton County police have not confirmed any connection between the mother and any of the suspects.

Check back with www.CBSAtlanta.com for updates.

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