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  • Police Find Brown Heroin in Fire Extinguishers Play Video

    November 14, 2014 9:09 AM

    PHARR - A traffic stop led Pharr police to two fire extinguishers filled with brown heroin and $2,000 cash. Officers pulled over a black Dodge Charger for a traffic violation early Thursday afternoon, near Ridge Road and Cage Boulevard. The driver got out of the vehicle and ran. ... more »
  • Nearly a Ton of Marijuana Found in Tomato Shipment Play Video

    October 24, 2014 8:47 AM

    PHARR - Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly a ton of marijuana from a commercial shipment of tomatoes. The drug bust happened at the Pharr International Bridge Tuesday. Officers found 384 packages of marijuana hidden within boxes of tomatoes. The drugs have an estimated street value of $1.94... more »
  • Deputies Seize Drugs, Weapons from Alton Home Play Video

    August 21, 2014 1:07 PM

    EDINBURG - Three men are in jail after a drug bust in Alton. Jose Jesus Camacho, Luis Alberto Vega-Sanchez and Juan Luis Arreola were each given a $75,000 bond. Narcotics investigators with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office seized nearly 80 pounds of drugs and several weapons from an Alton... more »
  • 78 Bundles of Marijuana Found in Edinburg Home Play Video

    August 11, 2014 1:17 PM

    EDINBURG - Bond for two men arrested during a drug bust was set at $75,000 each. Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators executed a search warrant at a home on Cerrito Linda Drive in rural Edinburg. They found 78 bundles of marijuana, which weighed a total of 2,100 pounds. Valente... more »
  • Sullivan City Chase Suspects Formally Charged Play Video

    August 6, 2014 1:09 PM

    EDINBURG - A gang member and his girlfriend allegedly caught with several loads of marijuana faced a judge this morning. Sullivan City police said 29-year-old Ramiro Victor Saldana and Aiza Bautista led officers on a chase. Police said they seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana from the couple's... more »
  • 73-Year-Old Arrested in Palmview Drug Bust Play Video

    June 18, 2014 8:27 AM

    PALMVIEW - DEA agents and Palmview police arrested a 73-year-old woman on drug charges this morning. Authorities got a tip about drugs at a home on the 400 block of West Silverado. Officers found 300 pounds of marijuana inside the garage. They questioned the woman and her son. ... more »
  • Report of Shots Fired Led to McAllen Drug Bust Play Video

    April 11, 2014 7:57 AM

    MCALLEN - A call about shots fired led McAllen police to a drug bust. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said officers were dispatched overnight to the 100 block of Tearose. That's just north of Nolana and 2nd Street. Police found almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana at the home.... 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 »
  • Officers Find Packages of Cocaine During Traffic Stop Play Video

    March 31, 2014 1:03 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Police arrested a woman caught riding around Brownsville with cocaine in her car. Officers stopped Dayna Velasquez for a routine traffic stop and noticed the 21-year-old was acting very nervous. She didn't have a driver's license or insurance for the vehicle. Police got permission to search her... more »
  • Chase Leads to Almost 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana Play Video

    March 27, 2014 1:04 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Nearly a thousand pounds of marijuana is off the streets in Starr County. The Starr County HIDTA task force made the bust yesterday afternoon. It happened after a short chase through the community of Los Barreras. The driver of a Ford Explorer bailed out and was... more »
  • Chase Ends in Drug Bust Play Video

    March 13, 2014 10:44 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A chase north of Edinburg ended in a drug bust and the arrest of several illegal immigrants. Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Constable Eddie Guerra said the chase began just before 10 p.m. Thursday on Highway 281. Deputies chased a pickup truck to FM 1017 where it... more »
  • $6.4 Million Worth of Drugs Seized in Failed Smuggling Attempts Play Video

    March 11, 2014 10:17 AM

    PHARR - CBP officers seized more than $6.4 million worth of drugs in four separate incidents this weekend. At the Rio Grande City-Camargo International Bridge Saturday morning, CBP officers arrested a Washington resident who was driving a white 2001 Volkswagen Beetle. Officers found more than 14 pounds of cocaine... more »
  • Drug Bust Near Pharr Elementary School Play Video

    January 31, 2014 1:03 PM

    PHARR - Cocaine was found in a Pharr apartment, near an elementary school. That's according to Homeland Security Investigation agents. Along with Pharr police, they served a search warrant at an apartment near Sugar Road and West Kelly this morning. That's near Aida Escobar Elementary School. CHANNEL 5... more »
  • 680 Pounds of Marijuana Found after Short Chase Play Video

    January 13, 2014 10:59 AM

    DONNA - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are searching for the owner of a vehicle used in a drug smuggling attempt. Deputies tried to stop the driver of a Chevy Avalanche for traffic violations Friday night. It happened in rural Donna on Alberta Road. Authorities said the driver led deputies... more »
  • 50 Bundles of Marijuana Found in Tractor-Trailer

    December 5, 2013 3:44 PM

    MCALLEN - A tip led authorities to 50 bundles of marijuana. HIDTA Task Force agents learned a warehouse in McAllen was possibly being used to store drugs. Authorities set up surveillance of the building and saw a tractor-trailer and another vehicle arrive and then leave the area. Both vehicles... more »
  • Truck Spotted Carrying Nearly 1,500 Pounds of Marijuana Play Video

    December 4, 2013 12:49 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Federal agents are questioning two people after they were busted with more than a half-ton of marijuana. The drug load was piled up to the roof of a black truck and had more bundles stashed in the bed. Border Patrol agents on the ground and... 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 »
  • Starr County Chase Ends in Drug Bust Play Video

    October 17, 2013 12:50 PM

    LA GRULLA - A woman is on her way to the Starr County jail, after she was involved in a police chase. La Grulla police said they tried to pull over a truck with a missing license plate last night. We're told the driver refused to stop and led... more »
  • Major Meth Bust in Eagle Pass

    August 9, 2013 3:00 PM

    EAGLE PASS - U.S. Border Patrol agents working in Eagle Pass said they've made a major meth seizure. It happened Tuesday, when agents from the Eagle Pass South Station were conducting immigration checkpoint operations on Highway 57. The checkpoint stopped a commercial travel van, containing several passengers, en route... more »
  • 18 arrested in drug sting tied to horse racing

    July 13, 2013 4:06 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) Calcasieu Parish authorities say 18 people arrested as part of a 1 1/2-year long investigation were funneling "lab quality" methamphetamine into the area. The investigation, dubbed "Operation Havana Speed," involved several people with ties to horse racing. The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/15ol8kn) the operation's results were... more »
  • Drugs Found in Crib During Starr County Bust Play Video

    July 12, 2013 9:59 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The Starr County HIDTA task force busted a major drug distribution operation. They were concentrating on a home located off FM 2360, north of Highway 83. It was part of a follow-up. They found bundles of drugs and arrested five people, including one that escaped for... more »
  • Police Bust Drug Operation at Harlingen Motel

    July 3, 2013 5:27 PM

    HARLINGEN - The smell of marijuana led narcotic investigators to a drug-selling operation at a Harlingen motel. The Cameron County District Attorney's Special Investigation Unit arrested Jacob Rodriguez, Justin Martinez, Marcos Palomino, Jaqueline Perez and Federico Villafranca at the Su Casa Inn on Tuesday. Authorities reported they found... more »
  • Traffic Stop Leads to $1 Million Drug Bust Play Video

    June 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    COMBES - A traffic stop led to a million dollar drug bust in Combes. It happened Thursday night. Cameron County sheriff's deputies pulled over a truck, which was hauling a trailer with a forklift. They found 40 kilos of cocaine when they searched the vehicle. Several bundles were... more »
  • Chase Leads To Drug Bust

    June 1, 2013 7:14 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A chase in Rio Grande City ended with a crash and the confiscation of more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana. But there was something different about this chase. Why are these types of drug runs becoming more frequent? Police call it "a suicide drug... more »
  • Investigators Searching for Suspects in Weekend Drug Bust Play Video

    May 28, 2013 1:07 PM

    MISSION - Police said a drug bust in the Cimarron County Club subdivision is likely connected with another bust in the area. Officers seized 3,700 pounds of marijuana from a Mission home off San Jacinto Street this weekend. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned federal agents seized more than $600,000 in... more »
  • 5 Tons of Marijuana Seized in Harlingen Play Video

    May 20, 2013 1:00 PM

    HARLINGEN - Five tons of marijuana are off the streets. Harlingen police noticed suspicious activity at a shipping warehouse Friday. When they went to investigate, they found an abandoned load of marijuana inside the trailer of a semi-truck. The drugs have an estimated value of more than seven million... more »
  • McAllen PD Seizes 47 Pounds of Heroin, 116 Pounds of Cocaine

    March 19, 2013 1:42 PM

    MCALLEN - A 20-year-old man was arrested, after McAllen police made their department's biggest single seizure of heroin. Officers said they'd been watching a townhouse on the 500 block of West Wichita, which they suspected was part of a drug trafficking organization. They stopped a man leaving the home... more »
  • Suitcase with Cocaine Found in Edcouch

    March 19, 2013 12:38 PM

    EDCOUCH - Officers in Edcouch made the biggest cocaine bust in the police department's history. Edcouch Police Chief Eloy Cardenas said a cab driver flagged down an officer yesterday. The driver said his passenger ran and left behind a suitcase. Officers checked the suitcase and found 15 bricks... more »
  • Three Charged in Connection to Drug Bust

    February 23, 2013 10:28 PM

    EDINBURG - A mother and her two sons are charged in connection to a neighborhood drug bust. Joel Martinez, 35, Alma Martinez, 69, and Nathaniel Shawn Foster, 29, all face one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of a controlled substance. The three were arrested... more »
  • Mother, Son Arrested after Drug Bust

    February 22, 2013 1:35 PM

    EDINBURG - Police busted an Edinburg home for the second time in less than a year. They took a woman, her son and a third person into custody. The drug bust happened on the 400 block of 34th Street. Police found cocaine, marijuana, a gun and ammo buried in... more »
  • Search in Harlingen Turns Up Drugs, Sea Turtle

    January 10, 2013 10:55 AM

    HARLINGEN - A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officer was called to a home in Harlingen, after a drug bust. Police said a suspect was in possession of an endangered species. Officers executed a search warrant on an apartment on the 800 block of West Filmore Avenue on Monday.... more »
  • 2,000 Pounds of Marijuana Found Inside Abandoned Vehicle

    October 27, 2012 10:23 PM

    Starr County- Investigators looking for driver of an abandoned vehicle found with marijuana inside. Border Patrol agents responded to some suspicious activity west of Roma early Saturday morning. Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola told CHANNEL 5 NEWS agents spotted the car on the side of the road with nobody... more »
  • 1,800 Pounds of Marijuana Seized Near Elementary School

    September 24, 2012 12:44 PM

    LA JOYA - Hidalgo County's High Intensity Drug Task Force found hundreds of pounds of marijuana less than a block from an elementary school in La Joya. The HIDTA agents were serving a search warrant on 1700 block of Quail Avenue, when they seized the 1,800 pounds of marijuana.... more »
  • Tip Leads to Drug Bust near Day Care

    July 18, 2012 9:46 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A tip led police to nearly 600 pounds of marijuana. They were found next to a Brownsville day care center. The tipster said there was too much traffic at a home on West Madison. They saw what they believed to be people picking up drugs. Officers... more »
  • Suspected Drug Smuggler on the Run

    July 2, 2012 6:25 PM

    MISSION - A suspected drug dealer is on the run after fleeing from police and abandoning a load of pot. Officials said neighbors living near Mile 2 and Inspiration Road called police about a suspicious pick-up truck in the area. When officers tried to pull over the driver he... more »
  • Pharr Police Seize Drugs, Counterfeit DVDs ... and Goats

    June 14, 2012 6:33 PM

    PHARR - A drug bust Thursday at a home in north Pharr yielded marijuana, cocaine, pirated DVDs ... and two goats. Police said a tip led them to the home on Cactus Trails. Once there, officers got consent to search the dwelling and found 50,000 pirated DVDs, 150 pounds... more »
  • San Benito Man Arrested After Drugs Found on Commercial Bus

    June 14, 2012 12:00 PM

    NORTH OF HOUSTON - A San Benito man is facing multiple charges after packages of drugs were found on a commercial bus he was on. Ramiro Trevino Jr. was charged with possession of a controlled substance, money laundering and possession of a criminal instrument. The 29-year-old is now in... more »
  • 3 Texans jailed in Miss. drug bust

    March 23, 2012 5:08 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) Three Texas men are accused of carrying 21 1/2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine inside their vehicle while traveling through Mississippi. State trooper Craig Morton stopped the men's car on Interstate 20 in Warren County on Monday. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/GHGXji) 22-year-old Leonel Serrano-Piedra, 36-year-old Mardomio V. Diaz... more »
  • Rio Grande City Chase Ends in Major Drug Bust

    March 20, 2012 12:58 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Rio Grande City police say a smuggler took them on a chase near a school. It all ended in a major drug bust. Officers say it started this morning when they tried to stop the driver of pickup truck near FM 3167. That's close to... more »
  • Tip Leads to Stash House Bust in Sullivan City

    January 13, 2012 10:21 PM

    SULLIVAN CITY - A tip from an informant led police to a stash house filled with drugs. Border Patrol agents, DPS troopers and Sullivan City police worked together to bust the stash house located right off the expressway near Havana, between La Joya and Sullivan City. Joe Cantu... more »

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