February 11, 2013 10:17 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A chase and crash drew mixed reactions from Hidalgo County residents who say the pursuits are becoming alarmingly frequent.
The chase happened near Penitas. The driver lost control about eight miles into the chase and hit a tree. The driver and six passengers were taken to... more »
November 18, 2012 9:46 PM
Edcouch- Border Patrol Agents find 38 undocumented immigrants inside a small home.
Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department lead Border Patrol investigators to a stash house in Edcouch.
38 undocumented immigrants were found in a one bedroom home.
Carlos Lopez, an Edcouch resident, tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS, "Yes, it is... more »
July 10, 2012 12:40 AM
NEAR BROWNSVILLE - It all started with a call about possible illegal immigrants crossing the river near Brownsville over the weekend. When Border Patrol agents arrived, they saw a large group on the American side of the river. They managed to detain several suspects, but a group of others ran... more »
July 2, 2012 11:58 PM
MISSION - Forty illegal immigrants were detained after police raided a home just after 8 p.m. Monday near Moorfield Road and 3 Mile Line.
The illegals all ran from the home and into a near-by field. Border Patrol Agents and a helicopter were called in to search for the... more »
June 19, 2012 12:41 AM
WESLACO - It's been three months since authorities raided a stash house on Missouri Street and found almost 100 illegals immigrants.
Today the house sits exactly as it was during the day of the raid.
"When I got close to the window I could smell something, foul odor.... more »
June 11, 2012 4:05 PM
PALMVIEW - Police and Border Patrol agents continue the search for two suspected illegal immigrants that fled after a high-speed chase and crash this morning.
Border Patrol agents tried pulling over a red van near Palmview, but the driver refused to stop. Officers say the driver lost control and... more »
June 11, 2012 12:41 PM
EDCOUCH - Police arrested a man accused of leading a human smuggling operation.
Officers discovered the man's stash house near FM 1015 and mile 12 after a traffic stop Saturday. Investigators said they found nine illegal immigrants and the suspected smuggler during the stop.
Officials say a female... more »
June 8, 2012 1:19 AM
PALMVIEW - A tip to a special team of US Border Patrol helped lead to the arrest of 70 illegal aliens and three smugglers at a Palmview motel.
According to court documents obtained by CHANNEL 5 NEWS, the Border Patrol team called Fraud Intelligence Smuggling Terrorism, or FIST, began... more »
June 7, 2012 2:41 PM
McALLEN - A federal jury in McAllen convicted Pedro Salazar, 56, of San Juan, for conspiracy and harboring illegal aliens, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
The jury returned its verdicts after two days of trial and less than three hours of deliberation. During trial, the prosecution presented... more »
June 1, 2012 11:15 PM
PENITAS - The area south of Penitas has become a hotbed for illegal immigrant activity. On Friday, Border Patrol agents spotted a group and caught two of them before the rest swam back to Mexico. People living in the area say it happens all the time.
"There's action here... more »
May 31, 2012 12:19 AM
MISSION - A call about a suspicious vehicle led police to an illegal immigrant stash house and put one Mission elementary school on lockdown.
One illegal immigrant running from the law climbed a fence and got on to Pearson Elementary School property. The school quickly put the campus on... more »
May 18, 2012 11:23 PM
MISSION - A police pursuit started on the Rio Grande south of Mission and ended on Bentsen Palm north of the expressway. It all started when a Homeland Security helicopter on routine patrol noticed a white pickup and a group of men who had just crossed the river.
The... more »
May 18, 2012 12:39 AM
NEAR PENITAS - Border Patrol agents and Palmview police are still searching for several illegal immigrants and a smuggler who bailed out of a pickup truck Thursday night.
So far, authorities have caught five. But they say there are as many as 10 more still in the brush near... more »
May 3, 2012 11:51 PM
MCCOOK - Theodore Respondek was clearing brush from his property. He didn't know a father and his 18-year-old son were hiding in an abandoned shack when his tractor stirred up a bee's nest.
"I was in the tractor cab. I was safe. I had no problem until the gentleman... more »
April 30, 2012 11:59 PM
MERCEDES - CHANNEL 5 NEWS is exposing new threats to the Rio Grande Valley's water supply. We're asking questions about the safety and security along the Rio Grande.
The river is the Valley's primary source of water. Cities and water corporations count on powerful pumps to push thousands of... more »
April 13, 2012 12:25 AM
PALMVIEW - Police say they have arrested the driver in a crash that left nine illegal immigrants dead and six others injured. The suspect who is said to be a juvenile was arrested around 9 p.m. Thursday.
Police did not offer any details on where he was arrested or... more »
April 13, 2012 12:23 AM
BROOKS COUNTY - People travel to America for a better life and a glimpse at freedom. Illegal immigrants put their lives on the line to get it. Border Patrol agents say human smuggling is on the rise, and the South Texas heat and terrain can put many people in trouble.... more »
April 12, 2012 12:05 AM
PALMVIEW - The Palmview Police Department says the investigation into Tuesday's deadly accident could take several weeks to complete. CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with Palmview Police Chief Chris Barrera about why it would take so long.
He says four different agencies are working to find out exactly what happened... more »
April 9, 2012 11:42 PM
LA JOYA - Troopers have arrested a 20-year-old Mexican national in connection with a fatal rollover in La Joya. Juan Carlos Sanchez Rodriguez was allegedly driving a mini-van hauling illegal immigrants from Central America when the van rolled.
One man died in the crash. Rodriguez has been charged with... more »
April 3, 2012 7:10 PM
LA VILLA - The days of suffering for 42 people from Central America and Mexico is over. Two undocumented immigrants helped Border Patrol agents and DPS troopers rescue them.
They were brave. They escaped from their smugglers. They came back for the people they left behind.
You can... more »
March 28, 2012 5:46 PM
WESLACO - Weslaco police are continuing to patrol the neighborhood where a stash house was discovered. They believe dozens more illegals ran when police showed up on Monday and might return to the home on South Missouri.
Weslaco police are still trying to track down those immigrants who ran.... more »
March 22, 2012 5:47 PM
DONNA - More than 40 illegal immigrants are in custody after another raid on a stash house. The latest happened near Donna this afternoon. This was right near the intersection of El Dora and Veisha.
Authorities tell us they detained 42 illegal immigrants who were inside. We got a... more »
March 19, 2012 5:28 PM
SAN JUAN - Several illegal immigrants are now in custody after a stash house bust.
Border Patrol took more than 20 illegal immigrants from the house on Santa Maria Street. Neighbors say they never saw anything unusual at the house.
There were toothbrushes, toiletries and makeshift beds scattered... more »
March 13, 2012 7:11 PM
KARNES CITY - It's the first of its kind. ICE opens its first civil detention center for illegals who don't have criminal backgrounds. Tuesday was the grand opening in Karnes City, just southeast of San Antonio.
The Karnes Detention Center sits on about 29 acres. Close to 500 detainees... more »
March 13, 2012 7:07 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Valley law enforcement expect with added cooperation more stash houses will be found.
Rancid restrooms, filthy floors, investigators say this group was forced to deal with it for several days. Four particle board walls hide what were cramped living conditions for nearly 50 illegal immigrants. Federal... more »
March 13, 2012 4:28 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Federal agents are processing nearly 50 illegal immigrants, among them a 7-year-old child.
The group was found living in a home made of particle board just north of Bentsen Palm and Mile 5. There were so many people that a large bus had to be brought... more »
March 12, 2012 7:21 PM
MISSION - Authorities in Mission are searching a home that had been vacant for a year and was possibly being used as a stash house.
The owner of the home was at the scene. He said his sister went to check on the home that has been vacant since... more »
March 12, 2012 5:37 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Police are speaking to the driver who led them on a countywide chase that ended at the RGV Livestock Show.
From La Joya to Mercedes, the driver led police on a chase through 11 cities. La Joya police and game wardens tried to pull over the... more »
March 6, 2012 5:32 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A bailout investigation leads to the discovery of a stash house with illegal immigrants inside.
ICE is investigating the stash house. Brownsville police say 25 illegal immigrants were found inside. Authorities say the investigation started with a bailout in the central part of the city on Robindale... more »
March 2, 2012 7:20 PM
MISSION - Nine people pleaded guilty Friday in connection with a scheme to hold 18 illegal immigrants for ransom in a Mission apartment.
The investigation began in September when a relative of one of the immigrants contacted authorities after receiving a ransom call. The tip led authorities to an... more »
March 1, 2012 12:18 AM
PENITAS - Nearly a dozen illegal immigrants are in custody tonight after being caught trying to cross the river near Penitas.
Border Patrol agents caught the group as they tried to cross. They detained 11 people and say two got away. It happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The... more »
February 24, 2012 4:35 PM
SAN ISIDRO - It started as a simple wreck Friday afternoon, but ICE is now investigating after some illegal immigrants were found.
Border Patrol was quickly called to a two-vehicle crash off 1017 near San Isidro after footprints were spotted in some nearby brush.
It turns out 30... more »
February 21, 2012 5:30 PM
ALAMO - More than 80 illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America are in custody and being processed Tuesday afternoon. People in the neighborhood where they were discovered are still talking about the raid.
Court documents say six smugglers were responsible for the 87 illegal immigrants in the stash... more »
February 20, 2012 7:24 PM
ALAMO - Border Patrol agents say they have apprehended more than 80 illegal immigrants after they raided a house off Minnesota and Tower roads in Alamo.
Immigration and Border Patrol agents say they had a warrant to search the house, but when they arrived, the aliens fled. The agents... more »
February 15, 2012 7:18 PM
CAMERON COUNTY - One Cameron County woman is calling the border fence a border nightmare.
It was put in place to protect, to be a barrier between the United States and Mexico.
"In the beginning, they left these spaces so that the people coming over the river would... more »
February 14, 2012 11:13 PM
A few hundred acres of high value property could be a great investment for farmers or developers. But a certain piece of land near the Rio Grande River comes with a major problem. It's unique in the real estate business; it's waterfront property.
A Valley family farmed the land... more »
February 8, 2012 11:51 PM
LAREDO - A journey to America for border crossers begins with a dream and sometimes ends with death. The bodies of crossers are found on the ranches along the river.
One man found August 11, 2011 on a ranch in Laredo died in more than 100 degree heat. His... more »
February 7, 2012 5:40 PM
BROOKS COUNTY - For many illegal immigrants entering the U.S., the journey ends in Brooks County. A special section of the Brooks County cemetery includes their graves.
The section has simple metal markers. There are no flags and only a few faded flowers. There's nothing to identity who the... more »
February 2, 2012 11:56 PM
HAVANA - One person is hospitalized with unknown injuries after an incident between Havana and Los Ebanos. The U.S. Border Patrol tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS they encountered a group of people, one of which had serious injuries. The Border Patrol called an ambulance to transport that subject to the hospital.... more »
February 2, 2012 6:39 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A chase in Hidalgo County ends in a crash with several illegal immigrants fleeing from authorities.
With the sun setting on FM 1017, Border Patrol agents called off a search for eight illegal immigrants who ran into the brush after a rollover accident.
The group... more »
February 2, 2012 4:38 PM
MCALLEN - DPS troopers are on the scene of a rollover accident on FM 1017 east of FM 681 in McAllen.
Troopers say when they arrived on scene, the men fled. Trooper Johnny Hernandez has confirmed they were illegal immigrants. Four were injured and have been taken to McAllen... more »
February 1, 2012 7:12 PM
CAMERON COUNTY - Junior Flores has a border fence here and a border fence there. A gate should be in the middle. Flores says the feds were supposed to install one years ago. Like so many other property owners, he continues to wait.
"Mexico is about 150 yards," says... more »
January 30, 2012 6:44 PM
SULLIVAN CITY - More than a dozen illegal immigrants are in Border Patrol custody. Agents caught the group after they crossed Highway 83 in Sullivan City. Mother Nature made it easier to arrest them.
Police and Border Patrol say illegals will cross any time, anywhere. This time, they left... more »
January 30, 2012 12:57 PM
MCALLEN - A morning chase through McAllen ends with 14 illegal immigrants in custody.
It all started when Border Patrol agents tried to stop a vehicle south of McAllen. The driver refused to stop until he got to a restaurant parking lot north of the expressway on 10th Street.... more »
January 27, 2012 11:38 PM
PROGRESO LAKES - People who live in Progreso Lakes say they're not only seeing more illegal immigrants in their area, but these immigrants are also from many other countries. They add they're getting several criminals going through their area also.
Osia Gonzales says he spotted a group of Asians... more »
January 26, 2012 7:23 PM
The hunting season is coming to a close. A Valley rancher says when the hunters leave, the smugglers and illegals return.
"I'll start seeing a lot of tracks," says a rancher.
His 1,600-acre ranch is prime land for hunting and smuggling.
"Both illegal aliens and drug smugglers,"... more »
January 23, 2012 6:32 PM
A former Border Patrol agent says he's seeing some changes that remind him of the past. Policy revisions when it comes to sending illegal immigrants back to Mexico will be put into effect soon.
The new policy changes should eliminate what many have called a revolving door policy. Officers... more »
January 20, 2012 11:56 PM
WESLACO - Three people from Afghanistan are in Border Patrol custody in the Valley. Border Patrol acknowledges they apprehended the three Afghanis in the Valley.
They were found in two different groups. One was found south of Mission by the river. The other two were found in a stash... more »
January 17, 2012 5:34 PM
There's no more catch and release. The U.S. Border Patrol will no longer just send illegal immigrants caught here back to Mexico. Now, the crossers will face some type of punishment.
Border Patrol officials say the agency is overhauling its system for dealing with immigrants. The new system divides... more »
January 9, 2012 4:38 PM
PALMHURST - Police are searching an area off Shary Road and Mile 3 North. They are looking for six suspected illegal immigrants who bailed out of a vehicle after a chase.
Border Patrol, Mission police and Palmhurst police are all searching for the suspects. Border Patrol agents tried to... more »
December 19, 2011 7:39 PM
ELSA - A group of undocumented immigrants are in ICE custody. They were found in an Elsa home Monday. Folks in the neighborhood say that house was suspicious.
People stood on the sidewalk and peered over fences in one Elsa neighborhood, watching the scene unfold. A normal street in... more »
December 15, 2011 7:36 PM
Investigators are sending human remains that a rancher found the bones on his land last week to a forensics lab. Investigators went back out to the scene Thursday to look for clues.
Investigators were hoping to find any piece of evidence giving them some hint of who this person... more »