Posted: Feb 8, 2012 12:03 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2012 12:21 PM
LA JOYA - Five people are in custody after a routine Border Patrol check around La Joya. One man living in that area says this is good news.
Border Patrol agents stopped one person for smuggling drugs in La Joya. They assisted DPS on a traffic stop and took four undocumented immigrants into custody a few blocks west. This might be troubling to some. A homeowner in that neighborhood says it's a sign agents are getting the job done.
The sounds of a helicopter are common for Gonzalo Mancias. He's lived in this house in Havana for 75 years. Four generations grew up here. Mancias remembers Border Patrol methods of the past.
"Border Patrol was on horses from here to La Joya and to Los Ebanos, and we live here in Havana," says Mancias.
He remembers when he rode horses on these roads. Seeing a chopper is nothing new for Mancias.
"No, no, they don't scare me. We just heard them and we looked to see what was going on," says Mancias.
It's part of life now.
"Oh, we see them everyday; we see them everyday," says Mancias.
Mancias says he's seen the changes time made on his street. Busts, chases and helicopter surveillance show him Border Patrol is stopping criminals and aliens.
"They're doing their job. That's Border Patrol's job and he's doing what they have to do," says Mancias. "Yes, they're helping at night. They have a spotlight and they look everywhere."
Mancias assured us this is a calm neighborhood. Locals go to the church across the street from his house on Sundays.
"We don't have any problems with neighbors or anything. They're OK, and all the people around this little ranch, we get together at the church on Sundays," says Mancias.
He says they talk about their health, their life, never the drug trafficking down by the river in their back yards.
"It's very quiet here, no bother. Well, to me, they haven't bothered me at all," says Mancias.
Mancias says he hears the helicopters from inside his Havana home. The sounds of the chopper blades assure him agents on the ground are working to keep him safe.
Things may not be as quiet as Mancias thinks. Those agents confiscated 400 pounds of marijuana from the folks involved in that chase. It was within a mile of the Mancias family home.