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  • Texas Syndicate Member, Girlfriend Face Judge Play Video

    August 6, 2014 3:25 PM

    SULLIVAN CITY - A Texas Syndicate gang member and his girlfriend faced a judge earlier today. They were caught with several loads of marijuana after leading police on a chase. Ramiro Victor Saldana, 29, and his girlfriend Aiza Bautista were charged with evading arrest and possession of marijuana.... more »
  • Police Take Down Two Dangerous Gang Members Play Video

    August 1, 2014 11:16 PM

    MCALLEN- Police say they have taken two dangerous gang members off the streets. The duo was arrested as part of a joint investigation involving several law enforcement agencies including the San Juan and McAllen Police Department. Douglass Jasso, 28, was under investigation by San Juan police for two months.... more »
  • Tenants in La Joya Housing Project Still Fearful After Shootout Play Video

    July 25, 2014 4:06 PM

    LA JOYA - Tenants living in the La Joya housing project where the shootout between police and a gang member took place Tuesday, are still in fear and they want answers. They want to know why the woman renting the home in their neighborhood allowed two violent criminals to... more »
  • Official: Texas Syndicate Gang Active in the RGV Play Video

    July 23, 2014 11:46 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The man accused of shooting at two Edinburg Police Officers is a known member of the Texas Syndicate Gang. A gang expert says the group is very active in the Valley. Joaquin Cibrian is a known member of the Texas Syndicate, the gang is associated... more »
  • La Joya Police on High Alert Play Video

    July 23, 2014 7:13 PM

    LA JOYA - Police remain on high alert in La Joya a day after a suspect wounded two Edinburg police officers. Authorities say Joaquin Cibrian, 29, opened fire on the officers when they tried to serve a warrant at an apartment Tuesday afternoon in La Joya. Cibrian was... more »
  • Deputy Escaped Injury During Initial Firefight in La Joya Play Video

    July 23, 2014 4:18 PM

    LA JOYA - A deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department was providing backup for two Edinburg police officers when they came under fire Tuesday in La Joya. Interim Sheriff Jose E. Guerra said the deputy suffered some bruises to his torso, but is doing fine. Authorities say... more »
  • Officer Wounded in La Joya Released from Hospital Play Video

    July 23, 2014 12:33 PM

    McALLEN - One of the two Edinburg police officers wounded during a shootout Tuesday in La Joya was released from a hospital. The officer was shot once in the arm. The second officer remains hospitalized with more serious injuries. Officials say he was shot in the hand, hip... more »
  • La Joya Shooting Suspect had Ties to Prison Gang Play Video

    July 22, 2014 10:54 PM

    LA JOYA - The suspect in the shooting of two Edinburg police officers in La Joya had ties to the Texas Syndicate prison gang, officials said. Police say Joaquin Cibrian, 29, opened fire on the officers when they tried to serve a warrant at an apartment in La Joya... more »
  • New Lead in Edinburg Homicide Case Play Video

    July 20, 2014 7:34 PM

    EDINBURG- Police are now looking for a man believed to be involved in a case where a decomposing body was found behind an abandoned home. Police say the body of 19 year old Geraldo Omar Melendez was found July 16, 2014. Authorities are trying to track down a 29... more »
  • MS-13 Member Arrested in La Grulla Play Video

    July 15, 2014 8:04 PM

    STARR COUNTY - La Grulla police found a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang among several illegal immigrants. A La Grulla police officer pulled over a vehicle after a traffic violation. The officer discovered several undocumented immigrants. The officer said he was shocked to find a member... more »
  • Crisis on the Border Traced to Central America Play Video

    July 11, 2014 2:47 PM

    CENTRAL AMERICA - The crisis on the border can be traced to violence in Central America. A majority of the 52,000 unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. come from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Many gang members of California street gangs were deported to these countries as the... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Capture Suspected MS-13 Gang Member Play Video

    June 29, 2014 11:01 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Border Patrol agents in Rio Grande City arrested a Salvadoran national, who they believe is a dangerous gang member. While he was being processed, agents found out he is affiliated with the Mara Salva-Trucha street gang, also known as MS-13. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has... more »
  • Federal, Local Law Enforcement Search for Gang Members Play Video

    May 9, 2014 3:37 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Many known gang members are now off the streets. In a week-long warrant round up, authorities found wanted fugitives, one by one. The operation was codenamed "Operation Safe Communities." Federal and local law enforcement officers joined forces for one week. "These individuals are wanted for... more »
  • Troubling Messages Found at Immigrant Camp Play Video

    April 9, 2014 7:47 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - An illegal-immigrant camp discovered in an orange grove near Mission is yielding some troubling evidence, officials said. Police are investigating messages etched on numerous tree branches. They said some of the messages are about hope, others are troubling. "Death," said one of the carvings in... more »
  • Gang Members Plead Guilty to Manslaughter Play Video

    March 13, 2014 4:21 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Two gang members accused of killing a teenager during a fight in Brooks County will not stand trial on murder charges. Officials said known gang members Juan Cervantes and Eliazar Garcia pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges this week. Prosecutors said the pair killed a 19-year-old in Falfurrias... more »
  • Experts Fear Election may Lead to an Empowered MS13 Play Video

    March 10, 2014 7:52 PM

    WESLACO - Intelligence experts say the hyper-violent Mara Salvatrucha gang operates in most cities in the United States. Law enforcement organizations throughout the U.S. consider the Salvadoran gang a dangerous transnational organization. Homeland Security Investigation agents track the gang's racketeering and murder cases in the U.S., and FBI... more »
  • Gang Member Gets 30 Years for Murder Play Video

    January 13, 2014 4:15 PM

    EDINBURG - A leader of the Tri-City Bombers street gang will spend 30 years in prison for the murder of a Mission man. Jeffrey Juarez pleaded guilty to charges of murder and engaging in organized crime. State prosecutors said he was one of four men who stormed into a... more »
  • Emerging Gang Worries San Juan Residents Play Video

    December 4, 2013 8:00 PM

    SAN JUAN - An attempted burglary in the city of San Juan shed new light into a new gang. Gang intelligence officers said the gang goes by the name West Side Pharr. The group formed about three years ago and its members are as young as 13. "We... more »
  • La Joya ISD: More Girls Committing Crimes Play Video

    October 14, 2013 7:37 PM

    LA JOYA - La Joya Independent School District officials say more girls are becoming involved in crime. School police said they are struggling to control the troubling trend. Students said they are aware of the problem. "I stay away from people involved in that stuff," a female student... more »
  • Grant Helps Police Fight Gang Activity Play Video

    August 30, 2013 9:06 PM

    SAN JUAN- A new grant is allow the San Juan police department to join forces with other valley officer to combat gang activity. The extra man power is coming from Pharr, Alamo, and Edinburg. The San Juan police department recieved $55,000 to invest in their anti-gang operation. They are... more »
  • Police: Gang Breakup Could Lead to More Violence Play Video

    August 20, 2013 10:41 PM

    SAN JUAN - A fracture in the structure of a local gang could lead to a spike in violence in the San Juan area, officials said. Authorities said the Po-Boys street gang is splitting into smaller, criminal cliques. "When this happens, everybody is running out of control. Obviously,... more »
  • Police Target Gang Members in San Juan Play Video

    August 5, 2013 8:11 PM

    SAN JUAN - A special police operation targeting gang members in San Juan has resulted in seven arrests, officials said. Operation Clean Slate was designed to go after known gang members with outstanding felony warrants, officials said. Investigators said the arrests help solve cases and open leads for... more »
  • Sheriff Focuses on Gang Activity in Little Mexico Play Video

    April 16, 2013 8:28 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Sheriff's investigators are searching for suspects in a drive-by shooting in Little Mexico. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said a gang dispute caused the drive-by shooting. The incident left one person with a gunshot wound to the arm. Deputies didn't have to wait for the... more »
  • Hidalgo County Investigators Search: 2 Men Armed and Dangerous

    January 2, 2013 1:43 PM

    ALAMO - Hidalgo County investigators are looking for two gang members accused in the murder of a rival gang member. Murder warrants were issued for 17-year-old Daniel Saenz Cruz and 21-year-old Jose Alex Garcia. Witnesses say they saw both men firing weapons after the victim, Miguel Padilla, walked... more »
  • Deputies Arrest Suspect in Little Mexico Shooting

    October 15, 2012 4:22 PM

    ALAMO - Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting Sunday in Little Mexico. Deputies said a 13-year-old boy was caught in the crossfire. Investigators said the victim was spending the night at a friend's house when he was shot in the stomach. The... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff Cracking Down On Gangs

    July 12, 2012 12:33 AM

    LITTLE MEXICO - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is targeting gangs in the community known as Little Mexico. The new three-pronged initiative is aimed at keeping children from joining gangs and infiltrating the gangs that already exist. The first step will be educating children about the dangers of being... more »
  • Harlingen Man Leads Police in Chase

    June 7, 2012 12:47 PM

    PRIMERA - A Harlingen man was arrested after leading police in a 20-minute chase after a hit-and-run incident in Primera. Police say the chase started shortly after officers arrived at the scene of the accident. According to reports, the victim noticed the suspect driving near the area and officers... more »
  • Investigators: Fatal Shooting Result of Gang Confrontation

    June 5, 2012 7:08 PM

    SOUTH OF ALAMO - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are sifting through evidence in hopes of tracking down a gunman. Esteban Rangel, a suspected gang member, was shot and killed outside his home in the neighborhood known as Little Mexico. Another man was wounded. Investigators suspect the drive-by shooting was... more »
  • Banners Deny Zetas' Involvement in Recent Murders

    May 16, 2012 12:37 PM

    MONTERREY, Mexico - Banners, allegedly signed by Zetas, state the drug gang wasn't responsible for the recent murders of 49 people. The bodies were found early Sunday in the city of Cadereyta, which is near Monterrey. None of them have been identified. The victims' heads, hands and feet were... more »
  • Suspect in Gang Attack to Face Judge

    May 8, 2012 12:20 PM

    MCALLEN - A suspect in a violent weekend gang attack is expected to face a judge today. Police say the man is one of four people accused of stabbing and shooting a suspected rival gang member. The attack happened on the 2100 block of Main Street in McAllen Sunday... more »
  • Little Mexico Residents Want Law Enforcement's Help

    May 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    SOUTH OF ALAMO - The most recent shooting in Little Mexico has residents saying enough is enough. They want law enforcement to help them stand up against gangs in the area. "They carry guns... like carrying gum in their pockets," said one resident. We're told some teenagers carrying... more »
  • Sheriff Says Alamo Shooting Was a Gang Dispute

    February 15, 2012 7:15 PM

    ALAMO - Authorities say a shooting in Alamo that sent a few people to the hospital was the result of a gang dispute. Deputies have set up a perimeter around the area off where they believe the suspect's vehicle was. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says the area is... more »
  • Authorities Say Man Found in Back Yard Likely a Gang Member

    February 6, 2012 6:40 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Hidalgo County deputies say they now know the identity of a man left dead in a back yard. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says the man is likely connected to a Valley gang. He was found beaten and shot in the head. The sheriff says... more »
  • Sheriff Says Family Doesn't Know Man Found in Their Back Yard

    February 6, 2012 4:33 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are investigating a homicide. A man's body was found in the back yard of a Hidalgo County home. Investigators are searching for clues to find out what happened here. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says the family who lives inside the home... more »
  • Expert Talks About Differences Between PRM Gang, Zetas

    January 26, 2012 7:22 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A professor of government at UT Brownsville says more raw data is needed to understand how the PRM, or Partido Revolucionario Mexicanos, operates in the Rio Grande Valley. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera says this gang has been operating for almost 30 years in Texas. Although they're listed as having... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff Says Authorities Trying to Take Down PRM Gang

    January 25, 2012 6:37 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says the PRM, or Partido Revolucionario Mexicano, may be the most dangerous prison gang operating in Hidalgo County. The gang is already 126 members strong and linked to the shooting of a Hidalgo County deputy last year. The PRM started a... more »
  • Police Say Man Beaten to Death

    January 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    SAN JUAN - Police say the man who was found dead in an apartment complex on I Road in San Juan on Monday morning suffered a fatal beating. Police are searching an apartment in the Condesa Apartment Complex. They're looking for six to eight suspects. Police evacuated families from... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff Says Vallucos Gang Is a Growing Problem

    December 1, 2011 2:59 PM

    DONNA - Three men allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Donna are behind bars. They are all facing charges of aggravated robbery. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says the men are a part of a gang that is causing major headaches in his county. Trevino says the Vallucos... more »

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