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  • Starr County Sheriff's Deputy Charged in Drug Case Play Video

    November 26, 2014 12:30 PM

    LAREDO - A Starr County sheriff's deputy was in court Wednesday to face federal drug charges. Amy Reyes is accused of trying to smuggle a load of marijuana from Rio Grande City to Houston. Reyes and her brother, Bobby Lee, were arrested last week at the Hebbronville Border Patrol... more »
  • Body Found near Brownsville Ship Channel Play Video

    November 19, 2014 5:34 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The Cameron County Sheriff's Office is working with the Mexican consul to send a body home. Sheriff Omar Lucio said the body was found along Highway 4, just south of the Brownsville ship channel. Lucio said two men were left behind by a group of... more »
  • Deputy, Her Brother Arrested in Drug Smuggling Attempt Play Video

    November 18, 2014 9:46 AM

    HEBBRONVILLE - Border Patrol agents arrested a Starr County sheriff's deputy and her brother at the Hebbronville checkpoint. A K-9 alerted agents to the vehicle Amy Reyes and Bobby Reyes were traveling in last week. During a secondary inspection, agents found a compartment underneath the driver and passenger seats.... more »
  • Arrest Made for Marijuana Patch Play Video

    November 14, 2014 4:35 PM

    DELMITA - The investigation into a marijuana patch found growing in a field in Delmita yesterday is now in the hands of the Starr County HIDTA Task Force. An anonymous tip lead border patrol agents to the plants yesterday. Agents found the marijuana in a field west of... more »
  • CBP Shut Down Marijuana Growing Operation Play Video

    November 13, 2014 6:47 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Border Patrol agents have shut down another marijuana growing operation in the Rio Grande Valley. A tip led agents to the illegal growing field in rural Starr County. Several crates of tiny marijuana plants are in the hands of state investigators. Border Patrol Spokesperson... more »
  • Officers Confiscate Marijuana Load at Pharr Bridge

    October 29, 2014 11:37 AM

    PHARR - Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man Tuesday after he allegedly tried to smuggle a load of marijuana through the Pharr International Bridge, officials said. CBP officials said the 53-year United States citizen, resident of Palmview, was driving a 1995 Nissan pickup truck loaded with 46... 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 »
  • Man Bailed Out of Vehicle with Marijuana Bundles

    October 17, 2014 6:34 PM

    WESLACO - Authorities are looking for a man on the run who bailed out of a vehicle on FM 88 and Mile 12 ½ north of Weslaco. Two cars were involved in the chase. Border Patrol has one man in custody. The constable's office said that bundles of marijuana... more »
  • Teen Arrested on Smuggling Charges Play Video

    October 10, 2014 12:49 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Police say a 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of a van loaded with hundreds of pounds of marijuana. Officers found the van under the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver sped away when the officers approached the vehicle. Once the officers activated their units' emergency lights... more »
  • Follower of Santeria Sentenced for Smuggling Operation Play Video

    October 7, 2014 11:27 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A man was sentenced for a crime pieced together through the investigation of another crime. Federal prosecutors said these are two separate but related cases. Francisco Javier Maya, 35, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug smuggling. In Jan. 2013, a bomb exploded at... more »
  • Trail Date Set for Father, Son in Marijuana Plantation Case Play Video

    October 3, 2014 12:26 PM

    WESLACO - A trial date is set for two men accused in the marijuana plantation bust in Willacy County. Miguel Echevarria Zuniga and his son, Miguel Echevarria Guizar, were charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and possession and intent to distribute more than 9,300 pounds of marijuana. The... more »
  • Tense Moments for Several Border Patrol Agents in Rio Grande City Play Video

    October 2, 2014 2:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - There were some tense moments for a few U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande City station. They were in the process of seizing a marijuana load around 10 a.m. Thursday when the a group of men started throwing rocks at them. The... more »
  • Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Seizure

    October 1, 2014 11:54 AM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested a teenager after they discovered drug bundles in his vehicle during a traffic stop. A deputy constable pulled over a Buick Rendezvous at about 3 p.m. Tuesday just west of La Joya. The deputy noticed the smell of marijuana when he approached the vehicle.... more »
  • CBP Confiscates Millions in Marijuana, Meth

    September 30, 2014 12:10 PM

    PHARR - Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated more than $9 million worth of marijuana and methamphetamine at separate incidents at the Pharr and Rio Grande City ports of entry. The officers found the drugs within shipments of commercial goods. The marijuana seizure happened Sunday at the Pharr-Reynosa... more »
  • Marijuana Trafficker Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years

    September 29, 2014 2:43 PM

    McALLEN - A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Mission resident to nearly 20 years in prison for his role in a marijuana conspiracy. Rogelio Guerrero, 46, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute large amounts of marijuana, U.S. Attorney... more »
  • Drivers on Edge as Chase Winds through McAllen Streets Play Video

    September 26, 2014 7:09 PM

    McALLEN - A high-speed chase from Rio Grande City to McAllen drew the attention of countless residents Friday. The chase covered more than 50 miles. One driver said the fleeing driver nearly slammed into his car. "I heard some sirens," the man said. The man said he... more »
  • Police Chase Suspect from Rio Grande City to McAllen Play Video

    September 26, 2014 3:34 PM

    McALLEN - One person is in custody after leading police on a chase Friday from Rio Grande City to McAllen. The chase ended near the intersection of 11th Street and Dove Avenue. Police say they discovered bundles of marijuana in the suspect's car. more »
  • Man Sentenced for Killing Weslaco HS Student Play Video

    September 25, 2014 6:47 PM

    WESLACO - A judge sentenced Lucio Rodriguez to 15 years in prison for killing a Weslaco High School student last May. Rodriguez was driving while under the influence of marijuana and Xanax when he ran into 17-year-old Maria Lopez. She was standing outside her home on Texas Blvd. in... more »
  • HIDTA Agents Uncover 560 Pounds of Pot in Escobares Play Video

    September 21, 2014 2:37 PM

    ESCOBARES - HIDTA Task Force agents confiscated 25 bundles of marijuana weighing about 560 pounds Saturday in Escobares. Investigators traced the pot to a travel trailer. According to a report released today, A HIDTA helicopter observed a vehicle being loaded with narcotics at the river in Escobares. It... more »
  • La Grulla Man Facing Drug Charges Play Video

    September 18, 2014 12:46 PM

    LA GRULLA - This afternoon a La Grulla man is behind bars facing drug charges. Police say an officer on duty noticed a suspicious red Ford F-150 travelling north on FM 2360. He noticed several brown bundles wrapped in brown cellophane tape in the passenger seat in plain sight.... more »
  • Marijuana Discovered Inside Tires

    September 17, 2014 3:42 PM

    HIDALGO - Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 150 pounds of marijuana at the Hidalgo International Bridge and arrested a Reynosa man in connection with the smuggling attempt. On Monday afternoon, CBP officers encountered a 23-year-old male in a maroon 2002 Jeep Cherokee. The driver was referred... more »
  • Father, Son Charged in Marijuana Operation Play Video

    September 10, 2014 7:08 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A father and son were charged for their alleged role in a sophisticated marijuana plantation found in Willacy County a few weeks ago. The two were charged with possession and intent to distribute more than 9,200 pounds of marijuana. Miguel Echevarria Guizar and Miguel Echevarria Zuniga... more »
  • Father, Son Charged in Connection with Willacy Co. Marijuana Field Play Video

    September 10, 2014 12:39 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Federal authorities charged a father and son in connection with one of the largest marijuana operations ever busted in the Rio Grande Valley. According to documents, Miguel Echevarria-Zuniga and his son Miguel Echevarria-Guizar were charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 9,300 pounds of marijuana.... more »
  • $3 Million in Marijuana off Valley Streets

    August 29, 2014 5:36 PM

    PHARR - CPB officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge seized millions of dollars worth of marijuana hidden in a shipment of charcoal . Officers found the nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana Thursday. The drugs were found during a secondary inspection of the vehicle. Inspectors removed more than... 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 »
  • 3 Arrested Near Marijuana Field Appear in Court Play Video

    August 21, 2014 1:05 PM

    MCALLEN - Three men, whose arrests led to the discovery of a field of marijuana, were in federal court this morning. Miguel Echevarria-Guizar, Miguel Echevarria-Zuniga and Israel Santiago-Guzman were charged with harboring illegal immigrants. Last week, Willacy County deputies found an illegal immigrant near a dirt road. Border... more »
  • Field Yields $10 Million Worth of Marijuana Play Video

    August 19, 2014 4:20 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - A marijuana field discovered near Lasara yielded more than 9,000 pounds of the drug with an estimated street value of $10 million, officials said. Homeland Security investigators and Border Patrol agents spent two days handpicking the plants from the property near FM 490. Immigration and Customs... more »
  • Landowner Seeks to Prevent Future Marijuana Plantations Play Video

    August 18, 2014 7:22 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - A landowner will set fire to acres of brush on his property to get rid of debris from a marijuana plantation. Federal agents discovered the marijuana plants amid the brush and trees on the land in rural Willacy County. Investigators said the field may have gone... more »
  • Aerostat Helps Agents Nab Smuggling Suspects Play Video

    August 18, 2014 5:27 PM

    ROMA - Federal authorities say the new aerostat in Roma helped them track a drug smuggling operation. A Border Patrol agent operating the aerostat spotted three people loading drugs from a shed into a pickup truck Friday. Cameras on the aerostat followed the truck down Highway 83 until agents... more »
  • Family to Clear Land Where Marijuana Plants Were Discovered Play Video

    August 18, 2014 4:28 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - The family who owns property where a marijuana field was found says they plan to burn down the brush on the land. Federal authorities cleared out hundreds of marijuana plants from the field. Federal agents found the marijuana plantation after chasing a group of illegal... more »
  • Hidden Pot Plantation Found In Willacy County

    August 15, 2014 4:58 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Three men have now been arrested, with what officials call, a very sophisticated marijuana growing operation in Willacy County. The marijuana was being grown in the middle of a very brushy area in rural Willacy County. Authorities found the field only after an illegal immigrant,... more »
  • Family Shocked to Learn about Marijuana Field on Property Play Video

    August 15, 2014 12:41 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Several law enforcement agencies are preparing to remove acres of marijuana plants found in western Willacy County. Federal agents found the two to three acres of marijuana Thursday, after raiding a stash house nearby. They arrested 13 people and sealed off the field. A group... more »
  • Feds Secure Marijuana Field in Willacy County Play Video

    August 14, 2014 10:33 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Federal agents on Thursday secured a field of marijuana plants in Willacy County. Authorities said they will use heavy equipment to clear the two or three acres of marijuana plants near FM 490. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said his deputies found an illegal immigrant... more »
  • E-Cigarettes Used to Smoke Hemp Oil Play Video

    August 13, 2014 4:54 PM

    PHARR - The popularity of e-cigarettes is offering criminals a way to hide their illegal trade. If you step inside here your nose will tell you this isn't your father's cigar lounge. Flavored oils fill tiny reservoirs. The oils have different levels of nicotine. Shop workers claim it... more »
  • 2 Charged after Pot Bust at Pharr Nursery Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:55 PM

    PHARR - Police arrested a man and a woman Monday after finding drugs at a nursery in Pharr. Investigators searched Plugz Nursery on FM 495 near Sugar Road and found 15 grams of marijuana, 18 small canisters of a liquid form of marijuana and one canister of marijuana oil.... more »
  • Marijuana Found at Pharr Nursery Play Video

    August 11, 2014 5:10 PM

    PHARR - Police found an unspecified amount of marijuana at a nursery in Pharr. Officers arrested two men while dogs searched Plugz Nursery on FM 495, just east of Sugar Road. Officers also searched several vehicles at the business. 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 »
  • Hundreds of Pounds of Marijuana Seized in Los Ebanos Play Video

    August 7, 2014 12:45 PM

    LOS EBANOS - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers confiscated 354 pounds of marijuana after a chase Wednesday in Los Ebanos. The chase happened on Heriberto Garza Street. DPS Sgt. Johnny Hernandez said the driver tried to flee to Mexico, but one of the agency's tactical marine units arrested... more »
  • Chase Startles Los Ebanos Residents Play Video

    August 6, 2014 7:52 PM

    LOS EBANOS - Residents in the small town of Los Ebanos were shocked to see a chase happening in their community. One person is facing charges after Wednesday's chase. The pursuit happened just after 3 p.m. off Heriberto Garza Street. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers confiscated bundles of... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Border Patrol Agents Make 2 Drug Busts Within Hours of Each Other Play Video

    August 2, 2014 8:44 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents are processing several hundred pounds of narcotics seized within hours of one another. The first bust happened in Havana, which is outside of La Joya in Hidalgo County. Around 5 p.m. Friday, agents on foot patrol saw several people carrying bundles with them.... more »
  • Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Stash Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:05 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A traffic stop led officers to a 1,000-pound pot stash at a house in Southmost Brownsville. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 200 block of San Eugenio Street. They found a small amount of marijuana inside. The driver, Fabian Ramirez, admitted to officers that the marijuana... more »
  • Police Confiscate Marijuana After Chase Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:04 PM

    LA GRULLA - A teenager and a man were hurt after their vehicle flipped while fleeing from police. Officers tried to pull over the suspects' 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer for a traffic violation Monday afternoon in La Grulla. Police said the driver, a 16-year-old girl, claims the male passenger... more »
  • Former Officer Charged in Marijuana Case Play Video

    July 29, 2014 4:55 PM

    WESLACO - A former Rio Grande City and La Grulla police officer was charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop near Houston. The La Fayette County Sheriff's Office said deputies pulled over Eriberto Briceno for a traffic violation Friday in Flatonia. Drug-sniffing dogs alerted deputies to the drugs.... more »
  • Marijuana Seized After High-Speed Chase Play Video

    July 24, 2014 12:55 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested a Mexican national Thursday morning after a high-speed chase near McCook. The chase happened at about 7:45 a.m. on FM 490. A deputy constable tried to pull over the driver of a pickup truck but the suspect sped away. The driver turned south... more »
  • Man Hospitalized After Chase in Starr County Play Video

    July 9, 2014 4:20 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A man was hospitalized after the vehicle he was using to flee from police rolled over his legs. The incident happened after a chase at about 9 a.m. Wednesday on FM 649 in Starr County. Investigators tried to pull over the driver of the grey... more »
  • One Person Still in Hospital after Deadly Weekend Wreck Play Video

    July 7, 2014 12:50 PM

    LA JOYA - One person remains in the hospital after a deadly police chase in La Joya this weekend. DPS Sgt. Johnny Hernandez said two people in a Pontiac fled from authorities Saturday afternoon. We're told the suspects headed east on Interstate 2/Expressway 83, when they crashed into an... more »
  • 2 Charged in Hidalgo County Murder Play Video

    July 1, 2014 5:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Two murder suspects are behind bars after almost a year on the run. Investigators say Domingo Gonzalez, 19, and Anthony Moralez were wanted in the killing of Jose Manuel Veraza, 62. The men were arrested over the weekend in Edinburg. Edinburg police said they caught up... more »
  • Agents Find Marijuana in Ice Cream Truck Play Video

    June 26, 2014 8:34 PM

    ROMA - Authorities say an ice cream vendor was using his van to haul drugs. Border Patrol found 22 bundles of marijuana inside the van in Roma. Border Patrol Spokesman Oscar Saldana said smugglers are using new tactics. "That's out of the ordinary ... not the usual vehicle... more »
  • 2 Caught in Manhunt, Search Continues for Remaining Suspect Play Video

    June 20, 2014 10:27 AM

    NEAR MCCOOK - At least two men are in custody after a manhunt west of the Starr County-Hidalgo County line. DPS troopers and sheriff's deputies are still searching for a suspected drug smuggler. Sgt. Johnny Hernandez of the Department of Public Safety said the incident started at 8:30 a.m.... more »
  • 11 Arrested in Operation Ranch Hand

    June 19, 2014 12:18 PM

    HOUSTON - Authorities arrested 11 people in connection with Operation Ranch Hand. Five others were charged but aren't yet in custody. Federal agents said the group was part of large-scale marijuana trafficking operation. They've all been charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.... 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 »
  • 4 Arrested After Raid North of Weslaco Play Video

    June 17, 2014 4:33 PM

    WESLACO - Four people were arrested on drug-possession charges after a raid Monday north of Weslaco. Authorities executed a search warrant at the house on Mi Tierra Drive and Mile 11 Road. They allegedly found a small amount of marijuana and $6,600 in cash. Officers say the raid... more »
  • Deputies Confiscate Marijuana North of Weslaco Play Video

    June 16, 2014 7:52 PM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County investigators are interviewing several people they took into custody Monday at a house north of Weslaco. Authorities entered the house on Mi Tierra Drive and Mile 6 ½ Road with a narcotics warrant. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Spokesman J.P. Rodriguez said deputies confiscated an... more »
  • Chase Driver Ditches Moving Car; Flees on Foot Play Video

    June 7, 2014 7:36 PM

    LA JOYA - A driver manages to escape from police after a chase, but leaves behind his car and his illegal cargo. Bundles of pot were found all over the four door sedan. The driver of the car led police on a chase from La Joya to Sullivan... more »
  • 7 Mission Residents Charged in Money Laundering Case

    May 21, 2014 9:49 AM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - As a result of Operation Prototype, seven Mission residents were charged in an alleged money laundering scheme. Federal prosecutors announced the arrests of: Francisco R. Canchola, 39 Antonio Medina Soto, 24 Efren Amescua, 39 Brenda Amescua, 19 Luz Medina, 36... more »
  • Truck Carrying Marijuana Crashes after Pursuit Play Video

    May 14, 2014 12:59 PM

    PENITAS - An unmanned vehicle carrying bundles of marijuana crashed into a mailbox and fence. It happened in Penitas Tuesday afternoon. The driver, an 18-year-old Mexican national, bailed from the black Chevy pickup after police started a pursuit. But the truck kept going. After it crashed, officers recovered 226... more »
  • 4 Charged after Drug Bunker Discovered Play Video

    May 9, 2014 12:50 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Four people were charged in connection with drug bundles found in a bunker. Starr County HIDTA investigators said they found more than 700 pounds of marijuana. Three men and one woman were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. The suspects were identified as: ... more »
  • Thousands of Pounds of Marijuana Found in Starr Co Bunker

    May 8, 2014 4:16 PM

    ESCOBARES - Thousands of pounds of marijuana are off the streets, and three people are facing drug charges. An underground bunker, filled with pot, has been found in Starr County. The high intensity drug trafficking area task force, or HIDTA, found the bunker Thursday. The bunker was... more »
  • Over One Ton of Pot Seized at the Rio Grande City International Bridge

    May 8, 2014 2:09 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized $2,340,000 worth of marijuana that was discovered in a shipment of fresh produce. The seizure took place May 6 at the Rio Grande City-Ciudad Camargo International Bridge. A Freightliner tractor arrived at the bridge with a shipment of... more »
  • Marijuana Found in Underground Bunker Play Video

    May 8, 2014 12:42 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Authorities found nearly 800 pounds of marijuana in an underground bunker in Starr County. They arrested three people. A HIDTA task force investigator patrolling Escobares saw three men sweeping the ground in a wooded area. It was outside a home on the 3000 block of Ramirez... more »
  • Colorado Vote on Banking System for Marijuana Injustry

    May 7, 2014 9:10 PM

  • Accused Drug Trafficker Claims He Had Car Troubles

    May 7, 2014 8:57 PM

    MISSION- Police say a man tried to convince authorities he had car trouble in an effort to keep police off his trail. Sergeant Manny Cases told CHANNEL 5 NEWS a white BMW was traveling north on Los Ebanos. A Mission police officer caught the the vehicle traveling over... more »
  • Police: Reported Kidnapping a Botched Drug Deal

    May 7, 2014 10:04 AM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Two juveniles were charged in connection with an alleged kidnapping that police now believe was a drug deal gone bad. Rio Grande City police received a 911 call shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. A man told officers three people had just been kidnapped at gunpoint... more »
  • HIDTA Agents Uncover Suspected Drug Operation in Palmhurst

    May 1, 2014 3:06 PM

    PALMHURST - Two men in Palmhurst are under arrest and charged with felony marijuana possession. At about 7:00am, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force (HIDTA) agents were tipped off that a large amount of drugs was being stored at a warehouse in the 4100 block of North Conway... more »
  • Hidalgo Drug Trafficker Gets Life in Federal Prison

    April 24, 2014 1:50 PM

    McALLEN - Daniel Nunez, 38, of Hidalgo, has been sentenced to prison for life following his conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. That's according to United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Nunez pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Drugs Seized in La Joya Destroyed Play Video

    April 23, 2014 12:51 PM

    LA JOYA - The La Joya Police Department destroyed nearly 4,000 pounds of marijuana. The department got approval to destroy the drugs, which were seized during six separate drug busts. La Joya Police Chief Giovanni Hernandez said they started destroying the drugs around 5 a.m. The narcotics are taken... more »
  • 5 Charged in Connection with McAllen Stash Houses Play Video

    April 21, 2014 4:15 PM

    McALLEN - Five people are behind bars in connection with two stash houses in McAllen. Adrian Mejia, 25, and Luisa Rodriguez, 28, were charged with the possession of marijuana. Their bonds were set at $75,000 each. Carlos Alberto Delgado, 24, Gustavo Luna, 39, and Elizabeth Rangel, 21, were... more »
  • Two Drug Stash Houses Busted Within Hours Play Video

    April 16, 2014 5:16 PM

    MCALLEN - Police busted two suspected marijuana stash houses within just a few hours Wednesday afternoon. McAllen police say they recovered enough marijuana to press felony charges. The first raid was just after noon at the corner of Main Street and Whitewing Avenue. Police arrested three people.... more »
  • Bundles of Drugs Found after House Fire

    April 15, 2014 12:44 PM

    LA ROSITA - Firefighters responding to a house fire found 30 bundles of marijuana in the abandoned home. The La Rosita Fire Department said they were called out to the home on the 4400 block of Old Highway 83 around 6:30 a.m. That's just east of FM 649. Crews... more »
  • Suspected Drug Smugglers Found on School Campus Play Video

    April 11, 2014 3:34 PM

    LA JOYA - A suspected drug smuggler is on the run in Hidalgo County. Two of his partners are in custody. One was found on school grounds at a Irene Garcia Middle School in Palmview. The school was locked down for more than an hour Friday afternoon. ... more »
  • Hidalgo Police and US Border Patrol Tackle Underground Smuggling

    April 9, 2014 4:44 PM

    HIDALGO - Police and U.S Border Patrol agents are working together to stop criminals from using the city's drainage system to smuggle drugs. The partnership is not only keeping smugglers out of the underground tunnels, it's resulting in narcotic seizures. A high brushy area near the Hidalgo port... more »
  • Drug Raid in Roma Play Video

    March 29, 2014 9:20 AM

    ROMA - Three men and a woman are being detained following a drug raid in Roma. The South Texas HIDTA Task Force raided a home on the 2500 block of Mark Street Thursday morning. Officers said two men were quickly caught after trying to flee from the scene. Sixty... 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 »
  • Starr County HITDA Task Force Reports Uptick in Drug Seizures Play Video

    March 25, 2014 7:57 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Agents with the Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force say they are seeing a record number of marijuana seizures. Investigators said they are happy with their results, but they're also concerned because their narcotic storage is reaching capacity. HIDTA agents said... more »
  • Suspected Smuggler Escapes after Chase Play Video

    March 19, 2014 11:50 AM

    LA JOYA - A suspected drug smuggler escaped after a chase in La Joya. The pursuit started when an officer tried to stop a pickup truck on Expressway 83, around 5 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the driver turned onto 2221 and that's when he bailed out of the vehicle... more »
  • Traffic Stop Leads to Pot Bust in Brownsville Play Video

    March 17, 2014 4:23 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Officers in Brownsville confiscated nearly 500 pounds of marijuana after stopping a driver on a speeding violation. Police said Rebeca Zapata Garduno was speeding on Florida Road when officers ordered her to stop. The trunk to her car was open and that's when officer said they spotted... 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 »
  • Ton of Marijuana Found in Shipment of Soup Play Video

    March 10, 2014 12:30 PM

    MCALLEN - Authorities found more than a ton of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of Mexican soup. The bust happened Friday at a local freight company. A drug dog sniffed out four pallets, which included bagged drugs wrapped in mylar, a reflective film. Agents also found more... more »
  • Airport Police Target Smugglers Play Video

    February 28, 2014 10:02 PM

    HARLINGEN - Airport police said they've seen an increase in smuggling activity. Valley International Airport police this week busted a woman after she tried to board a plane with a load of marijuana. It was the third load in a row busted destined for Georgia. VIA is the... more »
  • Police: Men Packaged, Mailed Drugs from Rented Home Play Video

    February 27, 2014 1:09 PM

    EDINBURG - Three men linked to an Edinburg stash house will be formally charged Thursday afternoon. Police found almost 600 pounds of marijuana at a home on the 600 block of Baltic Avenue. Officers suspect the rented home was being used to package and mail marijuana to locations throughout... more »
  • Deputies Investigate Drug Load, Abandoned Truck in Starr County Play Video

    February 26, 2014 10:02 PM

    GARCIASVILLE - Authorities are investigating two incidents in Starr County. Sheriff's deputies discovered 900 pounds of marijuana in a brushy area behind some homes off FM 1430 in the La Casita area near Rio Grande City. Deputies later converged on a spot near the river where they found... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Seize Ammunition, Marijuana Play Video

    February 24, 2014 5:19 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Border Patrol agents seized more than 36,000 rounds of ammunition and approximately $7 million worth of marijuana. The ammunition was seized after agents received a tip about suspicious activity in the Rio Grande City area. During the search, agents saw eight people swimming across the river... more »
  • Reports of Shots Fired Ends in Drug Bust Play Video

    February 21, 2014 12:44 PM

    SAN JUAN - A report of shots fired in San Juan led to the arrest of a homeowner. Officers said people living near El Dorado and Owassa Road called to report hearing gunshots. When police arrived, they found shell casings on the ground but no weapon or injuries. Officers... more »
  • Shots Fired in San Juan Neighborhood Play Video

    February 20, 2014 10:09 PM

    SAN JUAN - Police are investigating a shots-fire incident in a San Juan neighborhood. Investigators closed several city blocks as they searched for the person responsible for firing the shots. The incident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday near Owassa Road and Dorado Drive, just west of Cesar Chavez... more »

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