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  • 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 »
  • CBP Officers Find Marijuana in Candy Shipment Play Video

    February 18, 2014 5:28 PM

    PHARR - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized $5 million worth of marijuana at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The drug load was hidden in a shipment of candy, officials said. The drugs were confiscated Monday afternoon, CBP officials said. The candies and drugs were inside a... more »
  • Pot Seized in Starr County Play Video

    February 12, 2014 10:29 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Authorities on Wednesday seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana during two separate incidents in Starr County. Members of Starr County's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Border Patrol agents teamed up to confiscate the drugs. Authorities found 1,499 pounds of marijuana in... more »
  • Police Continue Investigation in Hydroponic Marijuana Case Play Video

    February 11, 2014 7:54 PM

    MISSION - A 29-year-old New York resident went before a judge Tuesday in Mission to face drug charges. Police arrested Frank Thomas Perry Monday in Mission after a hotel employee discovered drugs in his room. Police said the hotel employee went to Perry's room to deliver a package... more »
  • New York Man Charged in Drug Case Play Video

    February 11, 2014 4:24 PM

    MISSION - A 29-year-old New York resident went before a judge Tuesday in Mission to face drug charges. Police arrested Frank Thomas Perry Monday in Mission after a hotel employee discovered drugs in his room. Police said the hotel employee went to Perry's room to deliver a package... more »
  • Police Continue Investigation into Drugs found in Hotel Room Play Video

    February 10, 2014 7:39 PM

    MISSION - Police arrested a New York man in Mission after a hotel employee discovered drugs in his room. Police said the hotel employee went to the man's room to deliver a package that had been dropped off at the front desk. The man was not in, so the... more »
  • Hotel Employee Finds Drugs in Room Play Video

    February 10, 2014 4:16 PM

    MISSION - Police arrested a New York man in Mission after a hotel employee discovered drugs in his room. Police said the hotel employee went to the man's room to deliver a package that had been dropped off at the front desk. The man was not in, so the... more »
  • Tip about Suspicious Vehicle Leads to Drug Bust

    February 10, 2014 2:27 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A vehicle pursuit led authorities in Starr County to more than 300 pounds of marijuana. It happened around 7 p.m. Friday. An off-duty officer spotted a suspicious dark blue Impala driving in tandem with two other vehicles. The officer noticed the Impala had heavy tint... more »
  • Search Continues for Suspects, Person of Interest in Deadly Shooting Play Video

    February 6, 2014 12:57 PM

    MCALLEN - McAllen investigators are working leads trying to find the group involved in a deadly shooting. Two men died as a result of a shooting at a home on West La Vista Avenue Saturday night. A thousand pounds of marijuana were found inside a home at the scene.... more »
  • K-9 Alerts Agents to $2.5 Million Worth of Marijuana Play Video

    February 4, 2014 12:56 PM

    FALFURRIAS - The driver of a tractor-trailer is in custody, after Border Patrol agents found thousands of pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. The drugs were found at the Falfurrias checkpoint yesterday. A Border Patrol spokesman said a K-9 alerted agents to the semi. Agents searched it and seized... more »
  • Families Concerned after Neighborhood Shooting Play Video

    February 2, 2014 10:37 PM

    MCALLEN - Families on a McAllen street say they are watching their children closer and keeping an eye on activity in the neighborhood. A shoot-out in a front yard, is stirring up concern. Police said it happened before 10:00 pm Saturday, at the 4800 block of West La... more »
  • 1 in Custody after Donna Raid Play Video

    January 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    DONNA - One person is facing drug charges, after investigators found a large amount of marijuana near Donna. Starr County HIDTA Investigator Ismael Guerra confirms they found drugs in a vehicle parked at a home yesterday. The property is located near Mile 13 and FM 493. The driver... more »
  • Weapons, Drugs Found after Home Invasion Attempt

    January 13, 2014 2:55 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are investigating an early morning home invasion north of Edinburg. They said it happened on the 21000 block of Uresti Road around 4:30 a.m. When deputies responded to the scene, they found seven vehicles on the property with either red and blue lights... more »
  • Roma Couple Arrested on Drug Charges Play Video

    January 8, 2014 8:18 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A Roma husband and wife are behind bars on drug charges. Investigators with the Starr County District Attorney's Office said they found a large drug load in the couple's car. Investigators said the drugs were in the trunk and on the back seat, covered with... more »
  • Marijuana Found in Abandoned Car Play Video

    January 4, 2014 9:28 PM

    ESCOBARES - Saturday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents found hundreds of pounds of marijuana inside an abandoned car. The drug seizure happened in Escobares. Nearly 900 pounds of marijuana was recovered. No one was arrested. The people inside the vehicle fled into Mexico when they saw Border... more »
  • Smuggling Suspect Arrested South of Weslaco Play Video

    December 23, 2013 4:13 PM

    WESLACO - A suspected drug smuggler is facing federal charges after he crashed Saturday night south of Weslaco. Border Patrol agents were driving next to the suspect when he lost control and crashed. The agents found 1,100 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. The case was turned over... more »
  • Judge Hands Drug Trafficker 10-Year Sentence Play Video

    December 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    McALLEN - A judge on Tuesday sentenced a convicted drug trafficker to 10 years in prison. Randy Martinez was convicted of trafficking cocaine and marijuana from Texas to Wisconsin. Prosecutors said Martinez helped run a drug ring called the Balderas Organization. The ring allegedly transported thousands of pounds... more »
  • 50 Bundles of Marijuana Found in Tractor-Trailer

    December 5, 2013 3:44 PM

    MCALLEN - A tip led authorities to 50 bundles of marijuana. HIDTA Task Force agents learned a warehouse in McAllen was possibly being used to store drugs. Authorities set up surveillance of the building and saw a tractor-trailer and another vehicle arrive and then leave the area. Both vehicles... more »
  • Truck Spotted Carrying Nearly 1,500 Pounds of Marijuana Play Video

    December 4, 2013 12:49 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Federal agents are questioning two people after they were busted with more than a half-ton of marijuana. The drug load was piled up to the roof of a black truck and had more bundles stashed in the bed. Border Patrol agents on the ground and... more »
  • Men Accused of Palmhurst Shooting Arraigned Play Video

    November 29, 2013 9:54 PM

    PALMHURST - Three Mexican nationals arrested in connection with a Palmhurst shooting went before a judge Friday. Gilberto De Jesus Lopez-Valdez is facing capital murder charges. He is accused of trying to kill Ivan De Jesus-Garcia on Wednesday. Garcia is now at a local hospital. Jose Antonio Lepe... more »
  • Home Invasion Suspects and Victims in Custody Play Video

    November 19, 2013 1:03 PM

    ALTON - Victims in a home invasion are getting ready to face charges. Neighbors called police after seeing a group of gunmen storm a two-story home in Alton and demand drugs. It happened on the 1300 block of South New Jersey, shortly after 7:30 a.m. The gunmen fled as... more »
  • Marijuana Seized Near Alamo Play Video

    October 30, 2013 4:32 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Investigators with the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday confiscated nearly a ton of marijuana from a tractor-trailer and a warehouse near Alamo. The investigators said they followed the big rig from the warehouse and pulled it over on Alamo Road. A check of... more »
  • Troopers Confiscate Marijuana After Chase Play Video

    October 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    STARR COUNTY - State troopers said a teenager led them on a high-speed chase during a smuggling attempt Tuesday afternoon. The chase ended with a crash at a store in Rio Grande City. Authorities said the 15-year-old refused to pull over for troopers in Sullivan City. The pursuit... more »
  • DPS Releases Results of Operation Strong Safety

    October 24, 2013 3:27 PM

    AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety released the results of a successful multi-agency law enforcement initiative Wednesday. It's dubbed Operation Strong Safety. The program temporarily increased the patrols in the Rio Grande Valley from Sept. 15 through Oct. 4. It was launched to address three public safety... more »

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