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  • MS 13 Gang May Be Recruiting Illegal Minors Locally Play Video

    July 11, 2014 5:15 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The former president of the National Border Patrol Council says undocumented minors being detained in Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol stations are vulnerable and could be easily recruited by other underage immigrants with criminal backgrounds. A recent article highlights that exact problem occurring in a... more »
  • Official: Gang Members Among Immigrants Surrendering to Border Patrol Play Video

    June 18, 2014 4:52 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Border patrol agents say gang members are crossing our border illegally, turning themselves in and getting the green light into our country. They are unaccompanied minors. If they don't have a criminal record inside the U.S., then they are processed as any other juvenile.... more »
  • Alleged cartel capo arrested near border

    May 26, 2014 7:29 AM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican security forces captured a regional leader of a drug cartel who controlled illegal trafficking of drugs, guns and money as well as kidnapping of migrants in a frontier region bordering Texas, Mexico's government said Sunday. Federal security commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido identified the suspect as... more »
  • Illegal Immigration Attracts New Gangs to the Valley Play Video

    August 7, 2013 8:39 PM

    WESLACO - Police say gangs from out of the Rio Grande Valley are setting up operations here to cash in on the lucrative smuggling trade. Law enforcement experts said human smuggling is one of the most attractive fields for the new gangs. "They used to go through Phoenix... more »
  • Police Targeting City Gangs and Graffiti

    January 5, 2013 11:08 PM

    San Juan - Police Department wants to rid the city of graffiti and gangs. Officer Carlos Ramos is apart of a new department in San Juan targeting the graffiti problem specifically. Ramos wants the clean up to be a message to taggers and gangs. He says this will not... more »
  • Sheriff: Gang Crime Down in Little Mexico

    January 2, 2013 10:31 PM

    EDINBURG - Gang violence in the area known as Little Mexico south of Alamo has decreased in recent months, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said. The statement comes in the wake of a murder in that neighborhood. Trevino said his department is working to make the neighborhood safer. He... more »
  • School Rezoning Leads to Gang Turmoil

    December 6, 2012 7:53 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A rezoning in the Brownsville Independent School District is creating problems for residents around Porter High School. The problems are persistent gang fights off campus, area resident Letty Hernandez said. She said fights are becoming alarmingly common on her street. "They fight in two areas, including... more »
  • Deputies Searching Canal for Murder Weapon

    December 3, 2012 12:35 PM

    LOPEZVILLE - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are searching a canal for a murder weapon. Pablo Torres Jr. was fatally shot early Sunday morning. It happened on the 4000 block of Rodriguez in Lopezville. Investigators are scouring the banks of a canal east of I Road, between Nolana and Minnesota.... more »
  • Changes in Store for Donna School

    October 5, 2012 7:11 PM

    DONNA - Changes in security are in store for Donna's W.A. Todd Ninth Grade Campus after a brawl that left one security guard injured. The security guard was trying to break up the fight when he fell to the ground. It is not clear if he was pushed. ... more »
  • Raid Nets 3 Wanted Gang Members

    September 22, 2012 9:53 PM

    SAN JUAN - A raid at a San Juan home lands three gang members behind bars, along with a 17-year-old female. San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez says several tips led them to a house along the 600 block of West Mesquite Drive. Mark Anthony Lozoya, Luis Daniel... more »
  • Gang-Free Zones to Bring Stiffer Penalties for Crimes

    June 6, 2012 4:15 PM

    PHARR - Gang members in Pharr could face stiffer penalties if they commit crimes around certain parts of town. The city commission is expected to approve designated gang-free zones around schools, parks and malls. Any gang-related crimes committed within the zones by an adult would automatically be upgraded to... more »
  • Special Report: Looking For Answers

    May 11, 2012 2:54 AM

    WESLACO - Law enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley says gang problems are Valleywide and the answer is elusive. Violent prison gangs, like the Texas Syndicate and Texas Mexican Mafia, are setting up shop on city streets from Brownsville to Edinburg. Smaller but equally threatening gangs like the Tri-City Bombers... more »
  • Special Report: Gangs and Cartels Recruiting Young People in the Valley Play Video

    May 11, 2012 2:53 AM

    WESLACO - Teens in the Rio Grande Valley are being lured into the gang life with the promise of money and power. But getting involved in those organizations comes with a price. One man CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with used to live the gang life. He has a lengthy... more »
  • San Juan Housing Authority Director Admits Gang Problem at Apartment Complex

    March 1, 2012 7:34 PM

    SAN JUAN - San Juan police want to shut down the Condesa Apartments because of gang and drug problems, but federal funds are helping pay the rent at Condesa. The Condesa Apartments qualify as Section Eight public housing. That means the government helps some of the tenants pay their... more »
  • Health Code Violations Could Shut Down San Juan Apartment Complex

    February 29, 2012 7:29 PM

    SAN JUAN - Owners of a San Juan apartment complex face a new set of problems. The city is investigating possible health code violations at the Condesa Apartments. Police call the place a haven for gangs and are trying to get it shut down by the city. City officials... more »
  • San Juan Police Says Apartment Complex Haven for Gangs and Drugs

    February 27, 2012 6:30 PM

    SAN JUAN - Police are trying to shut down an apartment complex they say is a safe haven for gangs and drugs. In January a gang member was murdered at the Condesa Apartments. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has learned that dozens of gang members live in the complex. The owners live... more »
  • Hidalgo County Church Trying to Use Prayer to Protect Gang-Riddled Neighborhood

    February 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A church in the Upper Valley is using the power of prayer to protect people in its neighborhood. Two gangs battled it out with guns last week in broad daylight in a community called Little Mexico near South Alamo Road. The church is caught in the middle.... more »
  • Sheriff Says Shootout in Alamo Was Between Rival Gangs

    February 16, 2012 5:39 PM

    ALAMO - Investigators say they think Wednesday's shootout on the streets of Alamo was a clash between gangs. We've learned Wednesday's shooting was a scheduled confrontation between rival gangs. It started physical but quickly escalated to the shooting that left several people in the hospital. The truck the... more »
  • Pharr Police Use Database to Track Gang Activity Across State

    February 3, 2012 7:04 PM

    PHARR - Pharr police say a state database is another tool for tracking gang activity. Tx Gang gives police departments across the state access to information about known gang members. Pharr Police Chief Ruben Villescas says he decided to go with this database because of the ability to share... more »
  • Pharr Police Analyzing Every Gang-Related Crime

    February 3, 2012 6:44 PM

    PHARR - Molotov cocktails, drive-by shootings and lots of tagging, some folks living south of Pharr say they're being terrorized by gangs. We went straight to the police department. Pharr police show us how they're working to zero in on crime. Police say when and where crimes happen help... more »
  • Undercover Investigators in San Juan Tracking PRM Gang

    January 26, 2012 6:43 PM

    SAN JUAN - Undercover investigators in San Juan say they're monitoring the movements of the PRM right along with other violent gangs like the Tri City Bombers. The San Juan Police Department uses Gangscope to track a variety of street and prison gangs. It's a database; police can catalog... more »
  • San Juan Police Say They Want Apartments Where Body Was Found Shut Down

    January 16, 2012 6:49 PM

    SAN JUAN - Police say they want to shut down an apartment complex known for drugs and gangs. They're investigating a killing at the Condesa Apartments in San Juan. Police are still searching an apartment. They found drugs and guns inside. San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez says his... more »
  • Life of Crime Starts With a Promise of Friendship

    December 27, 2011 12:53 AM

    MCALLEN - Drug cartels are recruiting children. A boy who spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS says it starts in school. "Brandon" tells us says it started with friends. "They offered me drugs. They were, like, yeah, join here. Join this gang. We got you. We'll be there forever," he... more »

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