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  • 3 Fort Hood Soldiers Accused of Smuggling Conspiracy

    October 9, 2014 2:25 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities arrested three Fort Hood soldiers and an alleged smuggler in connection to a seven-count indictment. They're accused of transporting and harboring illegal aliens. The indictment against them was unsealed after their arrests. Eric Alexander Rodriguez, Brandon Troy Robbins and Christopher David Wix are expected to appear... more »
  • Soldier Accused of Human Smugglng Play Video

    September 16, 2014 8:15 PM

    SARITA - Border Patrol agents arrested a soldier on human-smuggling charges last week at the Sarita checkpoint. Border Patrol agents arrested Eric Rodriguez when they discovered the immigrants in his pickup truck. Officials said the immigrants were hiding under bed sheet and Rodriguez's military jacket. Rodriguez was... more »
  • Corpus Christi Shooting Suspect Caught Near Sarita Checkpoint Play Video

    August 24, 2014 9:31 PM

  • Jim Hogg County Residents Speak Out about Illegal Immigration Play Video

    July 21, 2014 10:58 PM

    HEBBRONVILLE - Residents in Jim Hogg County are dealing with their share of the crisis on the border. Two highways lead north from the border toward the county seat in Hebbronville. Traveling north on FM 649, there is no sign of any effort at border security. The ranch... more »
  • Immigrants Use Pipeline Path to Circumvent Checkpoint Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:13 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - A natural gas pipeline has become a back road around a Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias. The construction for the pipeline cut a path along the rugged South Texas brush. Brooks County ranchers say illegal immigrants now are using that path. The region still posses... more »
  • Group of Illegal Immigrants Found Hiding in Tractor-Trailer Play Video

    July 3, 2014 11:15 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol agents rescued a group of illegal immigrants found locked inside a tractor-trailer rig. A Border Patrol K-9 at the Falfurrias checkpoint alerted agents during an inspection Thursday morning. Agents found 11 people in the trailer. They were hiding between pallets of carrots. Four others were... more »
  • Agents Find Illegal Immigrants in Trailer Play Video

    July 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint found 15 illegal immigrants inside an 18-wheeler early Thursday. A dog alerted agents to the immigrants during an inspection. Eleven of the immigrants were hiding between pallets of carrots. Four more were hidden in the sleeper cab. Agents... more »
  • CBP Releases Details about Checkpoint Expansion Play Video

    May 21, 2014 10:39 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - Border Patrol officials say construction on a new checkpoint south of Falfurrias could begin by the end of the summer. The plan calls for the demolition of the current 2-acre checkpoint to make room for a 34-acre complex. The project's completion date is the winter... more »
  • CBP Seeks to Expand Falfurrias Checkpoint Play Video

    May 19, 2014 5:15 PM

    FALFURRIAS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are planning a major expansion of the Falfurrias checkpoint. CBP already has started submitting paperwork for the project to state and federal agencies. The plan calls for completely tearing down the current checkpoint and expanding the facility from 2 acres... more »
  • More than $1.2 Worth of Meth Found in Truck Play Video

    April 4, 2014 12:41 PM

    FALFURRIAS - More than a million dollars' worth of crystal methamphetamine is off the streets. Border Patrol agents seized 37 pounds of the drug at the Falfurrias checkpoint Wednesday. Inspection officials found the meth inside a hidden compartment in the rear seat of a Ford F-150. The bundles were... more »
  • Driver, Passenger of Band's Bus Charged with Smuggling Play Video

    November 27, 2013 12:19 PM

    EDINBUG - The driver of a norteño group's bus and a passenger are now charged with smuggling cocaine. Earlier this month at the Falfurrias checkpoint, troopers found 632 pounds of cocaine on the bus belonging to Zinzerro. Today, a judge refused to set bond for Juan Hernandez-Paez, a passenger... more »
  • Tip Led to Drug Bust at Checkpoint Play Video

    November 18, 2013 1:02 PM

    FALFURRIAS - A tip to an Hidalgo County drug task force led to a cocaine bust at the Falfurrias checkpoint. It happened Saturday. Agents searched a Ford truck and found 16 pounds of drugs that were hidden in an airbag compartment and the truck's ventilation system. The drugs... more »
  • DPS Ends Random Checkpoints in the Valley

    October 7, 2013 5:19 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety has ended a three-week project involving regulatory checkpoints in the Rio Grande Valley. DPS troopers set up random checkpoints to verify drivers had licenses and liability insurance, officials said. DPS officials said the checkpoints were set up to deter criminal... more »
  • Authorities Begin Setting Up Random Checkpoints

    September 19, 2013 4:32 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety is leading an initiative to set up random checkpoints throughout the Rio Grande Valley, officials said. The goal is to spot and arrest anyone breaking the law. State troopers and local law enforcement agencies also will look for anyone breaking immigration... more »
  • Marijuana Found on Bus Transporting Church Group Play Video

    July 24, 2013 4:18 PM

    HOGG COUNTY - Border Patrol agents found more than 30 pounds of marijuana on a bus transporting a church group. The agents found the drugs after they inspected the bus at a checkpoint south of Hebronville. The bus was transporting members of the San Isidro Catholic Church to Six... more »
  • Falfurrias Man Sentenced for Role in Human Smuggling Operation

    March 1, 2013 12:11 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A 32-year-old Falfurrias man was sentenced for his role in a human smuggling operation that resulted in the death of a Mexican national. Lewey Martinez was ordered to serve about 9.5 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Prosecutors said Martinez arranged for guides... more »
  • Border Patrol Setting up Beacons, Landmarks

    May 14, 2012 5:03 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Border Patrol agents are using the new border strategy to rescue immigrants near the checkpoint. Border Patrol agents predict a more efficient response to a call for help. They're using part of the latest Border Patrol strategy to find immigrants in the brush. CHANNEL 5 NEWS... more »
  • Air Support Called as Agents Search for Illegal Immigrants

    April 11, 2012 4:40 PM

    SOUTH OF FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol agents are searching for illegal immigrants in the brush south of the Falfurrias checkpoint. Border Patrol agents were chasing a group of illegal immigrants in a truck. We're told the driver veered off the road and crashed into a fence. Four people were... more »
  • Convicted Smuggler Texted Worries About Checkpoint

    April 10, 2012 11:15 AM

    LAREDO - A 40-year-old man was sentenced to almost six years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute more than 2,000 kilograms of marijuana. Robert Lee Cloyd's prison term will be followed by four years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to the charges in January and... more »

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