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  • Former Sheriff Begins Federal Sentence Play Video

    September 9, 2014 4:22 PM

    WESLACO - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino is in federal custody. The Federal Bureau of Prisons on Tuesday confirmed that Trevino reported to a minimum-security prison in Pensacola, Fla. Trevino will begin the 5-year sentence he received for money laundering. His son, Jonathan Trevino, is in federal... more »
  • Civil Trial Against Former Hidalgo Sheriff Continues Play Video

    August 27, 2014 3:47 PM

    EDINBURG - The civil suit against former Hidalgo County Sheriff Guadalupe "Lupe" Trevino continued today. This time, it is District Attorney Rene Guerra who is being questioned by attorneys. The lawsuit was filed by former Sheriff's candidate Robert Caples. He is suing Trevino for allegedly accepting cash... more »
  • Former Sheriff at the Center of Heated Civil Lawsuit Play Video

    August 11, 2014 4:13 PM

    EDINBURG - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino's criminal case may be over, but he's now in the middle of a heated civil lawsuit. Once-sheriff-candidate Robert Caples filed the lawsuit against Trevino over the same campaign contributions that led to Trevino's money laundering conviction. The contributions came from... more »
  • Judge Reschedules Hearing in Lawsuit Against Trevino Play Video

    August 4, 2014 8:56 PM

    EDINBURG - Social media took center stage as former Sheriff Lupe Trevino was forced to answer more questions in a civil lawsuit, and an attorney posted Tweets of the event. Trevino's attorney angrily called off the deposition and the courts got involved. The civil suit was filed by... more »
  • Ex-Sheriff's Deposition Rescheduled Play Video

    August 4, 2014 1:00 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge reset the deposition for Lupe Trevino, the former Hidalgo County sheriff. Former sheriff's candidate Robert Caples is suing Trevino for alleged election code violations. The allegations include taking large cash donations from drug traffickers and forcing sheriff's department employees to do campaign work on county... more »
  • Ruling to Determine if Ex-Sheriff's Testimony Will Continue Play Video

    August 3, 2014 9:05 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge will decide tomorrow if former Hidalgo County sheriff Lupe Trevino will continue answering questions in a civil lawsuit. The lawsuit stems from the campaign contributions Trevino admitted he took from convicted drug trafficker Tomas Gonzalez. Those contributions led to Trevino's money laundering conviction. Now... more »
  • Former Political Rival Sues Trevino Play Video

    August 1, 2014 6:36 PM

    EDINBURG - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino had to answer questions once again. This time the deposition was part of a civil suit filed by a former political opponent. The lawsuit stems from the campaign contributions Trevino admitted he took from convicted drug trafficker Tomas Gonzalez. Those contributions... more »
  • Attorneys Question Former Sheriff Again Play Video

    August 1, 2014 3:59 PM

    EDINBURG - Attorneys questioned former Sheriff Lupe Trevino again today. This time he was questioned in a civil suit filed in state court. One-time sheriff's candidate Robert Caples is suing Trevino for accepting campaign contributions from convicted drug trafficker Tomas Gonzalez. Thanks to social media, today's deposition was... more »
  • Former Sheriff's Commander to Testify Play Video

    July 24, 2014 12:50 PM

    McALLEN - A former Hidalgo County sheriff's commander will take the stand today in federal court. Jose Padilla was summoned to testify at the sentencing hearing of Maria Patricia Medina. She was former Sheriff Lupe Trevino's chief of staff and campaign manager. Medina pleaded guilty to covering up... more »
  • Sentencing Delayed for former Sheriff's Chief of Staff Play Video

    July 23, 2014 12:42 PM

    McALLEN - The former chief of staff for the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department will have to wait one more day to find out her sentence. Maria Patricia Medina also served as former Sheriff Lupe Trevino's campaign manager. In a move not anticipated by the defense or the prosecution,... more »
  • Hidalgo County DA: Former Sheriff Should Not Go To Jail Play Video

    July 17, 2014 8:02 PM

    McALLEN - The Hidalgo County district attorney on Thursday said the sentence against former Sheriff Lupe Trevino was too harsh and not justified. Rene Guerra said the sentence was an injustice. He said Trevino didn't deserve to be criminally charged much less sentenced to 5 years in prison. Guerra... more »
  • Trevino the Latest Valley Lawmen Sentenced to Prison Play Video

    July 17, 2014 7:35 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino was sentenced to federal prison Thursday for his role in a money laundering scheme. Federal Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Trevino to serve 5 years in prison and pay a $60,000 fine. The sentence was longer than expected. The recommended range... more »
  • Mixed Reactions to Trevino's Sentence Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:35 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino filed an appeal minutes after he was sentenced to federal prison. Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Trevino to serve 5 years in prison and pay a $60,000 fine. The sentence was longer than expected. The recommended range for Trevino's crime was... more »
  • Trevino Apologizes After Sentencing Play Video

    July 17, 2014 4:20 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino will spend the next five years in prison. A federal judge on Thursday handed down the sentence for Trevino. The former lawman had pleaded guilty to money laundering through his campaign contributions. He took money from a drug trafficker at least... more »
  • The Breaking Point Play Video

    July 10, 2014 4:22 PM

    LA JOYA - Those who knew Jose del Angel say he was a man who feared nothing. They say that fearlessness, though, never turned into recklessness. "He was very serious," J.J. Garza said. Garza was a lifelong friend of the former La Joya police chief. "He was... more »
  • Sentencing Hearing Set for Former Sheriff Play Video

    June 30, 2014 10:52 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17 for his role in a money laundering scheme. Trevino pleaded guilty in April. He admitted to laundering money through campaign contributions in 2011 and 2012. Trevino faces a maximum of 20 years... more »
  • District Attorney Upset Over Comments Made in Federal Court Play Video

    April 30, 2014 8:16 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra is upset that his name came up in court during the sentencing of a former member of the now-disbanded Panama Unit. The former deputy asked the judge for protection while in custody because he feared retaliation from the former county sheriff... more »
  • Judge Offers Harsh Words for Former Sheriff's Son Play Video

    April 30, 2014 8:02 PM

    McALLEN - The judge who sentenced the former members of the now-disbanded Panama Unit had some harsh words for the son of former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane said Jonathan Trevino was the leader of the corrupt band of former lawmen. The jurist told... more »
  • Former Sheriff Awaits Sentencing Play Video

    April 29, 2014 7:48 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino is scheduled to be sentenced this summer. Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges earlier this month. The former sheriff admitted in a federal court to laundering campaign contributions in 2011 and 2012. He faces a maximum of 20 years... more »
  • Panama Unit Members Await Sentencing Play Video

    April 28, 2014 8:11 PM

    McALLEN - Nine former lawmen and the drug traffickers they worked for will be sentenced in federal court on Tuesday. The lawmen were members of the now-disbanded Panama Drug Interdiction Unit. They were officers from the Mission Police Department and deputies from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. Prosecutors said... more »
  • Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty Play Video

    April 23, 2014 8:05 PM

    McALLEN - The man at the center of the criminal charges against the former Hidalgo County sheriff and one of his commanders pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Court records show that at least six people helped the feds crack the case against Tomas Reyes Gonzalez.... more »
  • Willacy County Sheriff Speaks About Corruption in the Valley Play Video

    April 21, 2014 7:49 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - A lone sheriff is speaking out about corruption in the Rio Grande Valley. A week ago former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges. His name is now part of a long list of corrupt lawmen. Willacy County is the only county... more »
  • Plea Gives Former Commander Chance at Shorter Sentence Play Video

    April 17, 2014 4:25 PM

    McALLEN - A former commander with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office stood before a federal judge Thursday morning and pleaded guilty to taking bribes from an accused drug trafficker. Former Cmdr. Jose Padilla admitted that he took $90,000 in bribes from accused drug trafficker Tomas Gonzalez. Former Hidalgo... more »
  • Former Commander Expected to Plead Guilty to Drug Charges Play Video

    April 15, 2014 10:39 PM

    McALLEN - Two people linked to the downfall of former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino are expected to plead guilty in their own drug trafficking cases. Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Cmdr. Jose Padilla is expected to go before a judge on Thursday and plead guilty to drug trafficking charges. Padilla... more »
  • Sheriff Departments Struggle with Corruption Play Video

    April 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    McALLEN - Monday's guilty plea from former Sheriff Lupe Trevino is not the first time a Rio Grande Valley sheriff has admitted to guilt in federal court. Trevino spoke about the allure of money during an interview with CHANNEL 5 NEWS. "Sometimes that allure of money, regardless of... more »
  • Former Sheriff's Guilty Plea Caps Years of Scandals Play Video

    April 14, 2014 8:07 PM

    WESLACO - A guilty plea from the former Hidalgo County top cop caps a series of scandals at the sheriff's department. Former Sheriff Lupe Trevino saw employees and even his son give in to corruption. Trevino vowed to start an integrity unit after the corruption scandal involving members... more »
  • Mixed Emotions After Former Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Play Video

    April 14, 2014 7:55 PM

    McALLEN - Hidalgo County's elected officials expressed mixed emotions after former Sheriff Lupe Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges. Trevino faces up to 20 years behind bars. Elected officials said Trevino will be remembered for the money laundering charges, rather than his accomplishments as a lawman. ... more »
  • Interim Sheriff Pledges to Restore Trust in Department Play Video

    April 14, 2014 4:08 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's interim sheriff expressed shock and disbelief after former Sheriff Lupe Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges. Interim Sheriff Jose Eduardo Guerra sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS an e-mail with his reaction. He said the department's priority now is to regain the public's trust. Guerra... more »
  • Ex-Sheriff's Bond Set at $30,000 Play Video

    April 14, 2014 12:40 PM

    MCALLEN - A judge set a $30,000 bond for former Hidalgo County sheriff Lupe Trevino. This morning, Trevino pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He admitted to accepting cash contributions for his 2012 election campaign from Tomas "El Gallo" Gonzalez, knowing the funds came from drug trafficking. ... more »
  • Ex-Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

    April 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    EDINBURG - Former Hidalgo County sheriff Lupe Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in federal court this morning. He admitted he concealed money provided to his campaign by Tomas Gonzalez, a suspected drug trafficker. That money was delivered via Jose Padilla, a member of the sheriff's command staff,... more »
  • County Commissioners to Select Interim Sheriff Play Video

    March 31, 2014 7:53 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County commissioners are expected to name an interim sheriff during Wednesday's meeting. Sheriff Lupe Trevino resigned Friday. Trevino said he could no longer dedicate and focus his attention to the department. Hidalgo is the eighth largest county is Texas. The top law enforcer job comes... more »
  • Commander: No Immediate Changes Expected at Sheriff's Department Play Video

    March 31, 2014 5:14 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino's resignation will not impact the agency's cooperation with local, state and federal authorities, officials said. Trevino announced his resignation on Friday. Danny Garcia, commander in charge of the Hidalgo County jail, said deputies are assigned to several organizations, partnerships and taskforces... more »
  • Commander Credits Trevino for Help, Advice Play Video

    March 28, 2014 5:21 PM

    HIDALGO - The news of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino's resignation saddened many who worked under him. "I feel bad, because he was a personal friend of mine," said Commander Danny Garcia, a jail administrator. "He is a personal friend of mine, and that's the way I met him... more »
  • Sheriff Position Open to Anyone in Upcoming Election Play Video

    March 28, 2014 5:19 PM

    EDINBURG - With the resignation of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino, the county will now begin the process to replace him. Trevino's term was set to expire in 2016; however, his resignation is effective today. Chapter 202 of the Texas Elections Code describes how to fill a vacancy in a... more »
  • Hidalgo Co. Sheriff Announces His Resignation Play Video

    March 28, 2014 10:55 AM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino has submitted a letter announcing his resignation, effective today. He's served as sheriff since 2005. In his letter, he wrote, "My decision is the result of the internal and external pressures placed upon me since December 12, 2012." He added the sheriff's... more »
  • Sheriff's Deputies Help Track Assault Victims Play Video

    March 13, 2014 5:27 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said his deputies were called to help in an investigation after a Border Patrol agent allegedly assaulted three illegal immigrants. "We got a call from the Border Patrol that they had stumbled across a female that had been severely injured," Trevino said.... more »
  • Family Sues Sheriff Over Panama Unit Raid Play Video

    February 19, 2014 8:44 PM

    EDINBURG - A family filed a lawsuit against Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino based on the actions of the now-disbanded Panama Unit. The lawsuit was filed last week and claims that members of the drug-interdiction unit illegally raided their home in 2012. The family also claims that they were... more »
  • Search Continues for Kidnapping Victim, Suspects Play Video

    February 13, 2014 10:42 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff investigators continue searching for a kidnapping victim and his abductors. Juan Pedro Borjas was taken by force Tuesday night from outside his home north of Weslaco, officials said. The abductors demanded a ransom, but did not specify an amount, officials said. Sheriff... more »
  • Child Killed in Donna Accident Play Video

    January 23, 2014 5:24 PM

    DONNA - A 3-year-old child was killed when a vehicle struck him Wednesday in Donna. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the child was in the care of his grandfather when the incident happened. The man said he was working on a car in his backyard and lost track... more »
  • Hidalgo County Recovers Equipment from Former Sheriff Commander Play Video

    January 8, 2014 8:20 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County authorities on Wednesday recovered thousands of dollars in sheriff's department property from a former commander. The former commander, Jose Padilla, remains behind bars after his arrest two weeks ago on federal drug and money laundering charges. Sheriff Lupe Treviño said his department recovered all... more »
  • Hidalgo County Tries to Recover Equipment from Fired Commander Play Video

    January 7, 2014 4:11 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County administrators are trying to collect equipment from a former sheriff's department commander. The former lawman, Jose Padilla, was fired shortly after his arrest in December. He remains in federal custody on drug and money laundering charges. Officials said they are having a hard time... more »
  • Sheriff Speaks about Commander's Arrest Play Video

    December 26, 2013 7:27 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said he is confident his department will regain the public's confidence after a couple of corruption cases involving some of his subordinates. Trevino on Thursday fired Cmdr. Jose Padilla. Padilla was arrested Tuesday on federal drug charges. Padilla was a member... more »
  • Sheriff Moves to Fire Commander Play Video

    December 26, 2013 4:12 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino on Thursday moved to fire one of his top subordinates. The sheriff said Cmdr. Jose Padilla will be served with his separation papers in spite of being in federal custody. Padilla was arrested Tuesday on federal drug charges. Trevino on Tuesday... more »
  • Arrest Casts Shadow on Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Play Video

    December 24, 2013 7:44 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said he is concerned about the perception residents and his deputies may have of his department. The statement comes after his second-in-command was arrested on federal drug charges. Cmdr. Jose Padilla was arrested early Tuesday. He was in court by 9 a.m.... more »
  • Four More Join Lawsuit Against Sheriff Play Video

    November 15, 2013 12:51 PM

    EDINBURG - Four more former deputies have joined the lawsuit filed against Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino. That means there are now a total of 15 people claiming they were forced to change their timesheets and use their paid time off to help with the sheriff's re-election campaign. Last... more »
  • Sheriff Threats Part of the Job

    November 7, 2013 8:47 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said threats against his life will not change the way he lives or does his job. The most recent threat was posted on the CHANNEL 5 NEWS Facebook page. This marks the fourth time someone threatens Trevino's life. Deputies arrested Adan... more »
  • Judge Sets Bond for Man Accused of Threatening Sheriff Play Video

    November 7, 2013 4:24 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge on Thursday set bond at $500,000 for a man accused of threatening to kill Sheriff Lupe Trevino. Adan Alonzo Arguelles, 31, is accused of making the terroristic threats against Trevino on KRGV's Facebook page. Deputies said Arguelles has an arrest record for unlawfully carrying... more »
  • Threats Land Mercedes Man in Jail Play Video

    November 6, 2013 9:00 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County investigators arrested a man who posted threats against Sheriff Lupe Trevino on KRGV's Facebook page. The man will go before a judge on Thursday. The 31-year-old is accused of threatening to kill Trevino. Deputies said the man was arrested previously for unlawfully carrying a... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Bogus Botox Case Play Video

    November 4, 2013 8:03 PM

    EDINBURG - More than a dozen people have come forward in a case involving bogus Botox treatments. Hidalgo County officials said Nohemi Gabriela Gonzalez injected liquid silicone during clandestine cosmetic treatments. Some of her victims said they were injected 11 years ago. Gonzalez, a Brownsville resident, conducted the... more »
  • Sheriff's Son Files Complaint Against McAllen Jailer Play Video

    October 28, 2013 7:54 PM

    EDINBURG - The son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino filed a complaint against a jailer with the McAllen Police Department. John Carlos Trevino's complaint stems from an accusation the officer made after the sheriff's son was booking into the city jail. The younger Trevino was arrested in... more »
  • Sheriff's Son Cleared in Assault Case Play Video

    October 23, 2013 5:36 PM

    EDINBURG - A grand jury on Wednesday determined there wasn't enough evidence to charge the son of Sheriff Lupe Trevino in an assault case. Carlos Trevino was charged with aggravated assault after he was arrested on public intoxication charges on July 27 in McAllen. A police officer claimed that... more »
  • Authorities Search for Leads in Several Cases Play Video

    October 10, 2013 4:22 PM

    EDINBURG - Law enforcement officials continue investigating several recent deaths. The most recent case involves a body fond near a canal north of Mercedes. A jogger found the man's body. The body had a puncture wound to the upper torso, deputies said. Sheriff Lupe Trevino said it isn't clear... more »
  • Investigation Continues after Farmer Finds Body in Canal Play Video

    October 8, 2013 10:33 PM

    NORTH OF ALAMO - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are investigating a possible homicide after the discovery of a body in a canal Tuesday north of Alamo. A farmer reported the body to authorities at about 3 p.m., officials said. The canal is near Earling and Minnesota roads, east of... more »
  • Woman's Body Found in Canal North of Alamo Play Video

    October 8, 2013 7:37 PM

    NORTH OF ALAMO - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said deputies found the body of an elderly woman in a canal Tuesday afternoon near Earling and Minnesota roads. Investigators said the woman may have been disoriented when drove onto a dirt road where her vehicle got stuck. They believe... more »
  • Deputies Search Home in Pharr as Part of Murder Investigation Play Video

    September 11, 2013 6:18 PM

    PHARR - Hidalgo County sheriff deputies searched a home in Pharr as part of a murder investigation. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the search was linked to a body found Tuesday south of San Juan. Deputies gathered evidence at the house on Buchanan Street, near Eldora and... more »
  • Sheriff: Piece of Paper May Help Identify Dead Man Play Video

    September 10, 2013 4:24 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A small piece of paper found near a body may help investigators identify the dead person, officials said. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the piece of paper had a woman's name on it. Border Patrol agents made the discovery near Military Highway and Val... more »
  • Man Threatens To Kill Sheriff Lupe Trevino Play Video

    August 24, 2013 10:56 PM

    EDINBURG - A 39-year-old man has now been officially charged with threatening the life of Hidalgo County Sheriff, Lupe Trevino. Smith Delgado reportedly used used the 911 system to make the threatening call. The Hidalgo County jail is reporting that Delgado is now being held on a $10,000 dollar... more »
  • Man Calls 911 to Threaten Sheriff Play Video

    August 23, 2013 7:40 PM

    EDINBURG - Authorities arrested a man accused of threatening to kill Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino. The 39-year-old man is accused of calling the county's 911 emergency service to threaten Trevino's life. "Tell Lupe Trevino to watch his back, to make sure he has all his (expletive) body... more »
  • Sheriff: Murder Victim Knew Her Killers Play Video

    August 16, 2013 5:31 PM

    EDINBURG - Two men accused in the murder of a pregnant 19-year-old knew the victim, officials said Friday. Investigators said the pair set the victim's home on fire before they fled the scene of the crime. Benjamin Hernandez, 20, and Marco Antonio Hernandez were both charged with capital murder... more »
  • Sheriff Seeks To Curb Sale of Prescription Drugs at Flea Markets Play Video

    August 15, 2013 8:57 PM

    EDINBURG - Illegal prescription drug vendors make up to $5,000 a day, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said. Trevino revealed the details of a months-long operation involving the sale of prescription drugs at flea markets. Flea market vendors said they provide many necessities for those who can't afford... more »
  • Sheriff Fears More Clandestine Clinics May Open in Hidalgo County Play Video

    August 15, 2013 8:27 PM

    NUEVO PROGRESO - Violence on the southern side of the international divide is driving some Mexican medical professionals to practice illegally in the Rio Grande Valley. Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday arrested a Mexican national on charges of practicing dentistry without a license. The man was performing procedures... more »
  • Nine Flea Market Vendors Face Felony Charges Play Video

    August 15, 2013 5:22 PM

    EDINBURG - Nine flea market vendors are facing felony charges for allegedly selling prescription drugs without a license. Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies arrested the vendors Wednesday at a flea market in Donna. They said the arrests are a result of a month-long investigation. Officials said deputies targeted flea... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff Revisits Pursuit Policy Play Video

    August 14, 2013 10:45 PM

    SAN JUAN - A deadly high-speed chase north of Palmview was the main topic of conversation during a town hall meeting with Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said the teenager accused in the chase had just been released from jail. Hector Guadalupe... more »
  • 2 Killed in ATV Accident North of Weslaco Play Video

    August 14, 2013 9:07 PM

    NORTH OF WESLACO - Two people died after an all-terrain vehicle crashed near a levee north of Weslaco. A 20-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy were on the ATV when it slammed into a pipe near Mile 12 ½ Road and FM 1015. Sheriff Lupe Trevino said a... more »
  • Deputies Arrest Prescription Drug Vendors at Flea Markets Play Video

    August 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    ALAMO - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies arrested several flea market vendors accused of selling prescription drugs without a license. Investigators raided several vendor stands at 1 p.m. Wednesday at four flea markets as part of Project RX. Planning for the operation began months ago, officials said. Undercover agents... more »
  • Sheriff Trevino Speaks About Corruption Case

    August 6, 2013 10:47 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino on Tuesday spoke about the Panama Unit corruption scandal. Trevino spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS after the conviction of one of his former deputies, and the previous guilty pleas entered by other of his former subordinates and his own son. Trevino... more »
  • Court Records Detail Elaborate Drug Escort Scheme Play Video

    August 6, 2013 7:41 PM

    McALLEN - Federal court records reveal how former lawmen escorted drug loads throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Federal agents organized operations to gather evidence against nine then-lawmen. Federal officials said the men accepted thousands of dollars in bribes to escort and protect cocaine shipments. Federal investigators said... more »
  • Conviction Caps Lengthy Investigation into Corrupt Drug Unit Play Video

    August 6, 2013 7:36 PM

    McALLEN - A retired Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy on Tuesday was convicted on corruption charges. He was the only one from a group of former lawmen to go to trial in a corruption ploy involving a former drug interdiction task force. A jury found Jorge Garza guilty of conspiracy... more »
  • Testimony Sheds Light Into Corrupt Drug Unit Play Video

    August 5, 2013 7:57 PM

    McALLEN - Testimony on Monday shed light into how federal authorities took down a corrupt Hidalgo County drug interdiction unit. Former Hidalgo County Sheriff's Deputy Miguel Flores told jurors he contacted FBI agents after another deputy approached him about joining a scheme to steal drug loads from smugglers. ... more »
  • Testimony Continues in Former Lawman's Trial Play Video

    August 5, 2013 4:29 PM

    McALLEN - A former Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy on Monday testified about his role in a corruption scheme involving the now-defunct Panama Unit drug interdiction task force. The former deputy, Miguel Flores, took the stand shortly after his former boss, Sheriff Lupe Trevino, finished his testimony. The testimony is... more »
  • Sheriff Summoned to Testify in the Drug Trafficking Trial Play Video

    August 2, 2013 10:07 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY- Sheriff Lupe Trevino was the latest to be summoned to testify in the drug trafficking trial of his former deputy, Jorge Garza. Defense attorneys questioned the top cop for nearly four hours on Friday. His testimony provided a look at Joe Padilla. He's a current commander working... more »
  • Sheriff Testifies in Ex-Deputy's Drug Trafficking Trial Play Video

    August 2, 2013 12:53 PM

    MCALLEN - The Hidalgo County sheriff is testifying in the drug trafficking trial of one of his former deputies. Jorge Garza is accused of being part of a criminal enterprise comprised of lawmen and drug traffickers. Garza's attorneys subpoenaed Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino overnight. His testimony began around... more »
  • Man Wanted in Hidalgo County Killed in Mexico Play Video

    July 23, 2013 10:23 PM

    EDINBURG - A man wanted by two Rio Grande Valley law enforcement agencies has been killed in Mexico. Carlos Roberto Medina Cantu was found shot to death in Reynosa. He was an alleged member of the Partido Revolucionario Mexicano gang in that city. Medina made several death threats... more »
  • Search Continues For Murder Suspects Play Video

    July 17, 2013 8:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department investigators are asking residents to be on the lookout for two men wanted in the murder of a man south of Weslaco. Sheriff Lupe Trevino said people should not try to confront the individuals. He said they may be armed and are dangerous.... more »
  • Residents on Edge after Wave of Burglaries South of Donna Play Video

    July 16, 2013 7:51 PM

    DONNA - Residents of a neighborhood south of Donna said authorities must do something to stop a wave of burglaries in the area. The break-ins happen daily on Bobby Road and surrounding streets, area residents said. "The problem we have is that these kids are breaking into houses... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Murder South of Weslaco Play Video

    July 15, 2013 10:40 PM

    WESLACO - Investigators continue searching for five suspects in the murder of a man south of Weslaco. Jose Manuel Veraza was killed after six men stormed a property near his home to steal marijuana. Officials said Veraza was not the intended target. The murder happened Thursday along Mile... more »
  • Sheriff: Man Shot after Blocking in Thief's Vehicle Play Video

    July 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    WESLACO - One man is in custody in connection with a murder south of Weslaco. Five others are on the run. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the victim, 62-year-old Jose Manuel Veraza, got caught up in the middle of a drug theft. According to the sheriff, six... more »
  • Man Wanted in Mission Murder Arrested at International Bridge Play Video

    July 9, 2013 12:43 PM

    MISSION - Authorities on Monday arrested man wanted in the murder of a Mission teenager two years ago. The suspect intentionally ran over Jonathan Ramos, 16, in west Mission in 2011, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said. Investigators said the man was hiding in Mexico. Authorities arrested him... more »
  • Experts: Bondsmen Exploit Little-Known Loophole Play Video

    July 9, 2013 11:24 AM

    WESLACO - A little-known loophole in the bail bond system is affecting law enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley, authorities and experts said. When bail is set in a criminal case, a defendant can hire a bondsman to post the amount and be released from jail. A bondsman typically... more »
  • Deputies Bust Gaming Parlors in McAllen Play Video

    July 2, 2013 10:04 PM

    McALLEN - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies on Tuesday raided three eight-liner businesses in McAllen. Deputies cited dozens of people for illegal gambling. They also confiscated more than 100 machines. Sheriff investigators said a recent crackdown on eight-liners in Cameron County is forcing people who run those businesses into... more »
  • Surge in Illegal Immigration a Burden for Local Authorities Play Video

    June 26, 2013 8:53 PM

    EDINBURG - A surge in illegal immigration in the Rio Grande Valley is having an impact on the daily operations of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department, officials said. Sheriff Lupe Trevino said his deputies are being pulled away from their duties to deal with stash houses and illegal immigrants.... more »
  • Deputies Seize 2 Tons of Marijuana Play Video

    June 20, 2013 4:15 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities on Wednesday confiscated a massive marijuana load after a traffic stop in northern Hidalgo County. Sheriff's deputies discovered 418 bundles of marijuana hidden inside four, 500-gallon containers in a Penske cargo truck. Investigators said a tip led them to the truck. Hidalgo County Sheriff... more »
  • Sheriff: Feds Warned of Increase in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 19, 2013 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said he is not surprised with the surge in illegal immigration in the region. The sheriff said the Department of Homeland Security warned local authorities two years ago that there would be spike in illegal immigration and drug smuggling in the region.... more »
  • Sheriff Speaks About Charges Against Man Accused in Son's Death Play Video

    June 4, 2013 8:13 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the law will not allow the system to fully prosecute a man charged in his own son's death. The man, Enrique Medina, 21, on Tuesday was charged with manslaughter in the death of his 2-month-old son. Court records show Medina,... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff Vows to Fight Corruption Play Video

    May 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino on Wednesday reacted to the guilty pleas entered by his son, three of his former deputies and a former Mission police officer. The men pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges. The men admitted in federal court that they took drug loads from... more »
  • 2 Charged in Palmview Murder Play Video

    May 28, 2013 6:14 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Two men were charged Tuesday in the shooting death of a woman at a Palmview bar. A judge charged Anthony Stewart with murder in the death of his girlfriend Sandra Andrade. Stewart told the judge the shooting was accidental. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Shooting North of Palmview Play Video

    May 24, 2013 7:07 PM

    NORTH OF PALMVIEW - Hidalgo County investigators are searching for a gunman in a murder at a bar early Friday. Investigators said a man opened the door to La Cocina Bar north of Palmview and opened fire. A 23-year-old woman was killed. The shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m.... more »
  • Omar Guerrero's Family Sues Sheriff, Judge Play Video

    May 17, 2013 7:39 PM

    EDINBURG - The family of embattled former Hidalgo County District Clerk Omar Guerrero said the sheriff's department and a judge violated their constitutional rights. Guerrero's father and sister were charged with helping him escape to avoid prosecution for a sexual assault. Authorities believe Guerrero is hiding in Monterrey, Mexico.... more »
  • ICE Issues Details about Immigrant Releases Play Video

    May 17, 2013 7:31 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have finally released the numbers of illegal immigrants released from custody. ICE officials said the releases are happening because they can't afford to keep them all in detention. They blame federal budget cutbacks for the releases. ICE had refused to... more »

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