Posted: Sep 19, 2012 5:48 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2012 6:45 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said security has been tightened around a courthouse as a cartel boss' trial gets under way.
Attorney Javier Solis said the increase in security is out of the norm.
"Unusual, definitely. I haven't seen anything like that around the courthouse before. That's the first time I have seen that many vehicles out there," Solis said.
Gulf cartel plaza boss Juan Roberto Rincon is on trial at the Filemon B. Vela U.S. Courthouse in Brownsville.
Lucio said the nature of the trail called for heightened security.
"We hear these people do a lot of things out here. They (may) try to go out there and rescue this individual - if that's the proper word. They may try to shoot their way in so they can get this individual," Lucio said.
He said all the areas around the courthouse are under surveillance.
"We also have cameras. ... We can see above the federal building. We can see two to three blocks away. We can get a license plate of a vehicle," he said.
The trial is expected to last one week.