Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:04 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2012 12:31 PM
LOPEZVILLE - Mission police dogs are joining the search for the weapon used in a weekend murder in Lopezville.
Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies started searching canal banks yesterday. The area is just east of I Road, between Nolana and Minnesota roads. Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the suspects confessed to tossing the weapon into the canal.
The K-9s are just one of the resources added to the search. Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators also called upon future deputies. Cadets are helping search the steep canal banks, which are covered in brush and foliage.
Meanwhile, investigators have three people already in custody in connection with the case. Twenty-year-old Carlos Saldaña is accused of murdering Pablo Torres. Two other men face charges for not reporting the crime.
The sheriff said the deadly shooting stemmed from a dispute between rival gangs.