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  • 57 students missing after weekend violence

    September 30, 2014 7:20 AM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities are searching for 57 students reported missing in a southern state after weekend violence that resulted in at least six deaths and 25 wounded. Guerrero state prosecutor Inaky Blanco says military and state authorities are looking for the students from the Ayotzinapa Superior normal... more »
  • Man Released from Hospital after Attack in Mexico Play Video

    September 26, 2014 12:10 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Cameron County man allegedly kidnapped in Mexico earlier this week is out of the hospital. Carlos Vela Moreno was dropped off by Mexican hospital workers at the Los Indios international bridge Wednesday night. Also dropped off was the already-dead body of Erick Candanoza. Moreno told... more »
  • Report: Torture a Common Practice Among Mexican Law Enforcers Play Video

    September 23, 2014 7:24 PM

    McALLEN - A new report from Amnesty International claims the Mexican military and law enforcement forces tortured thousands to gather information. CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with a man who claims he was a victim of those techniques. The man, known only as Antonio, said one of his friends... more »
  • Kidnapping Suspects Nabbed in Tamaulipas

    September 22, 2014 10:01 PM

    CIUDAD VICTORIA - Mexican authorities say they arrested the members of a group of kidnappers in central Tamaulipas. Cristobal Garcia Estrada, 34, Marisol Navarro Luna, 29, Gillermo Briones Gallegos, 58, and Julio Cesar Estrada, 36, were arrested at a checkpoint on the highway between Ciudad Victoria and Omaya. ... more »
  • Mexico Releases more Water into the Rio Grande Play Video

    September 18, 2014 9:30 PM

    WESLACO - More water is flowing from Mexico to reservoirs along the Rio Grande. Mexico increased its contribution recently just as their treaty obligations draw near. The river levels have a direct impact on life along the border. An agreement made in 1944 laid out how much water... more »
  • Contract Killing Linked to Mexican Cartels Play Video

    September 9, 2014 7:24 PM

    McALLEN - A contract killing in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is proof of cartel spillover violence, according to official records. A criminal complaint in the case states that the murder of Attorney Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa at a Southlake shopping center has ties to cartel operations in Mexico. ... more »
  • Missionary Unable to Take Food Into Mexico Play Video

    September 5, 2014 8:53 PM

    WESLACO - A Rio Grande Valley missionary says the Mexican government is keeping her from taking food to those who need it most. Norma Samaniego was not allowed to take food into Mexico. "You see the need over there," she said. Samaniego's living room is starting to... more »
  • Tropical Storm Dolly Moves Ashore in Mexico

    September 2, 2014 10:50 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Tropical Storm Dolly moved ashore late Tuesday and soaked Mexico's Gulf coast, where authorities suspended school classes and readied shelters. The U.S. Hurricane Center said Dolly was located about 25 miles south-southeast of Tampico on Tuesday evening. The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph... more »
  • Federal Authorities Join Search for Missing Girl Play Video

    September 1, 2014 9:21 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Police say a 5-year-old girl is in grave danger and believe she may have been taken to Mexico. Brownsville investigators have called in the FBI and ICE to help find the missing girl. 5-year-old Yarel Flores was taken Saturday morning and has not been seen since.... more »
  • Mexico police: accidental blast kills 1 on border

    August 31, 2014 11:29 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Police in Piedras Negras say that an apparent accidental explosion in a customs building on Mexico's border with the U.S. has killed one woman and injured five other people. Felix Alberto Lopez Arenas is the director of operations for the local municipal police in the city... more »
  • Mexico Cracks Down on Illegal Immigration from Central America Play Video

    August 29, 2014 3:31 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Mexico's largest crackdown on illegal immigrants seems to be working. Both Mexican and American officials are noticing a decrease in Central Americans trying to reach the United States. Authorities in Mexico are rounding up illegal immigrants before the have a chance to cross into... more »
  • Warning Issued Against Traveling to Progreso Play Video

    August 23, 2014 9:44 PM

    PROGRESO - A warning has been issued, if you plan to travel to Mexico. The U.S. government is asking Americans not to cross the border unless they really have to. People cross into our neighboring country all the time. It's estimated that nearly 150,000 people cross the border... more »
  • Mexico Introduces New Police Force

    August 22, 2014 2:42 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's president is launching a 5,000-strong police force to fight organized crime. The new policy follows a recent report showing a dramatic increase in disappearances in the country. The Mexican government first said 8,000 people went missing since the country's drug war. Since May, they've now... more »
  • State Department Issues Warning for Travelers to Mexico Play Video

    August 21, 2014 1:08 PM

    WESLACO - The U.S. State Department advises U.S. citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. In their warning, officials specifically mentioned Reynosa and Matamoros. The State Department said U.S. citizens are targets of violent crimes, including carjacking and murder. According to officials, kidnappings, express kidnappings... more »
  • Mexico's Energy Reform Could Benefit the Valley Play Video

    August 18, 2014 8:57 PM

    WESLACO - A recently-approved energy reform in Mexico has American oil companies preparing to drill for fossil fuels in that nation. The move may create jobs in the United States. Mexico petroleum industry was nationalized for more than 76 years. Experts say billions of barrels of oil have... more »
  • Missionary Nearly Kidnapped in Reynosa Play Video

    August 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    WESLACO - A Rio Grande Valley missionary said he nearly became a kidnapping victim in Reynosa. The missionary said he was traveling in a taxi from the Reynosa airport to Hidalgo when a man on the street stopped them. "A guy whistled and stopped the cab," the missionary... 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 »
  • Game Wardens on Alert for Possible Spike in Crime on Falcon Lake Play Video

    August 1, 2014 6:20 PM

    FALCON LAKE - The surge of state troopers, Border Patrol and National Guard into the Rio Grande Valley has law enforcement in Zapata County preparing for a possible uptick in illegal activity. The question is whether coyotes and smugglers will use Falcon Lake to escape the surge in law... more »
  • Mexican Railway Company Seeks To Reduce Number of Stowaways Play Video

    July 25, 2014 7:11 PM

    WESLACO - The Mexican train used by countless Central Americans to reach the United States-Mexico border will increase its speed to reduce the number of stowaways. The cargo train, called La Bestia (the beast), typically travels at 6 miles per hour in areas where the Central Americans climb aboard.... more »
  • Nuevo Progreso Residents Deny Reports of Violence Play Video

    July 23, 2014 7:33 PM

    NUEVO PROGRESO - At least 10 people died Tuesday night in shootouts in and around Nuevo Progreso. The firefights started in Rio Bravo and spread to Nuevo Progreso and the highway connecting Reynosa and Matamoros. On Wednesday, Nuevo Progreso residents denied there was ever a firefight in the... more »
  • 10 Dead After Shootouts in Nuevo Progreso Play Video

    July 23, 2014 12:38 PM

    NUEVO PROGRESO - At least 10 people were killed in two clashes between criminal groups and federal officers in Rio Bravo and Nuevo Progreso. "El Universal" news agency reported that the first firefight happened after a chase in Rio Bravo. The gun battle spilled over to Nuevo Progreso. ... more »
  • Pipeline explosion in Reynosa

    July 22, 2014 7:36 AM

    REYNOSA - An investigation is underway to figure out what caused a gasoline pipeline to explode. The energy company, Pemex, said on Twitter the explosion happened in a remote area of Reynosa Monday evening. Mexican media reports the surrounding area was evacuated as firefighters worked to extinguish the... more »
  • Firefight Breaks out Across the Border from Rincon Play Video

    July 21, 2014 8:21 PM

    PHARR - A Pharr resident said he heard a firefight happening on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande south of Granjeno. Lorenzo Anzaldua was on his family's property Thursday providing interviews for national media when the firefight broke out. Anzaldua, a former soldier, said heavy weapons were... more »
  • 3 Accused of Helping Former County Clerk Avoid Justice

    July 21, 2014 5:35 PM

    EDINBURG - Three members of Omar Guerrero's family were charged with helping the former Hidalgo County clerk escape into Mexico. Guerrero fled to avoid arrest on sexual assault charges. The family members, including his father and sister, have been charged with "hindering the apprehension or prosecution of a... more »
  • 458 Children Rescued from Group Home in Mexico Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:25 AM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's top prosecutor says federal and state police officers have rescued 458 children who were forced to beg for money and suffered sexual abuse while being held against their will at a filthy group home in the western state of Michoacan. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam... more »
  • Suspects Plead Guilty in Fraud Case Play Video

    July 9, 2014 4:22 PM

    McALLEN - Two suspects pleaded guilty to using bogus debit and credit cards to buy high-end electronics at several Rio Grande Valley stores. The purchases happened in January. Authorities charged Daniel Dominguez Guardiola and Mary Vaquera Garcia with fraud. Dominguez and Vaquera used counterfeit cards to buy more... more »
  • Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit RGV Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:39 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws. Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during... more »
  • Official: Immigration Surge a Windfall for Smugglers Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:36 PM

    WESLACO - The surge in illegal immigration in South Texas is resulting in big profits for smugglers. Illegal immigrants pay thousands of dollars to get from their homeland to the U.S.-Mexico border. Once they get to the Rio Grande, they're finding out that their costly journey is not always... more »
  • Mexican Official Claims Crime is Declining in Tamaulipas

    July 2, 2014 11:40 PM

    MATAMOROS - Mexico's secretary of interior this week said violence has been declining in the state of Tamaulipas. He said the reduction in crime is a direct result of a new security strategy for the region. Miguel Angel Osorio Chong made the statements during a meeting Wednesday in Matamoros.... more »
  • Mexican Official Visits Immigration Detention Center in McAllen Play Video

    June 24, 2014 10:52 PM

    McALLEN - Mexico's foreign relations minister visited McAllen Tuesday to meet with U.S. immigration officials and tour a detention center. Jose Antonio Meade also met with leaders of non-profit agencies helping with the immigration crisis in the region. Meade visited a detention center to oversee the administrative processes... more »
  • Authorities Plan for Water Contingencies Play Video

    June 19, 2014 10:46 PM

    WESLACO - A massive fish kill in a Rio Grande tributary in Mexico caused panic for communities reliant on the river for potable water. Almost two months later, there are few answers as to what caused the incident. The fish kill happened in the Rio Salado, about 90 miles... more »
  • Suspect Indicted in Gun-Running Case Play Video

    June 18, 2014 8:21 PM

    McALLEN - A federal gun-running investigation spanning several states and several years reached court Wednesday. The case began years ago with the arrest of several middlemen. The suspects tried to buy grenades, 9 mm pistols, AR-15 rifles and other military-grade weapons. They didn't know it at the time that... more »
  • Camera Caught Stolen Truck Crossing into Mexico Play Video

    June 18, 2014 12:58 PM

    HARLINGEN - A stolen truck was caught on camera as it's driven into Mexico. Harlingen police are looking for tips to identify the driver. The maroon 2004 Ford F-250 crossed the border at the Progreso International Bridge. The truck was reported stolen from a Cinemark theater in Harlingen on... more »
  • Report Details Incursions by Mexican Military into U.S. Territory

    June 17, 2014 11:33 PM

    WESLACO - Federal officials say there have been 300 border incursions by Mexican military and law enforcement authorities into the U.S. since January, 2004. The information came in a written response Tuesday from the Department of Homeland Security to U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of South Carolina. According to... more »
  • Man Caught at Basilica with Weapons Sentenced Play Video

    June 10, 2014 12:34 PM

    MCALLEN - A man convicted of trying to smuggle five assault rifles into Mexico was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison. Homeland Security agents caught Salatiel Duran transferring AK-47s in the parking lot of the San Juan basilica. They also found more than $4,500 on Duran. ... 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 »
  • Cuellar Urges Mexico to Create a Border Patrol Play Video

    June 3, 2014 8:07 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) is urging the Mexican government to establish its own border patrol. Cuellar said it would help stop the increasing flow of illegal immigrants from Central America. Many of those illegal immigrants from Central America end up in Brooks County. Some... more »
  • Alleged cartel capo arrested near border

    May 26, 2014 7:29 AM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican security forces captured a regional leader of a drug cartel who controlled illegal trafficking of drugs, guns and money as well as kidnapping of migrants in a frontier region bordering Texas, Mexico's government said Sunday. Federal security commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido identified the suspect as... more »
  • Expert: Cartels Control Illegal-Immigrant Traffic into the United States Play Video

    May 22, 2014 7:48 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Drug cartels are making it more difficult for Central Americans to cross illegally into the United States. Illegal immigrants from Central America say drug cartels have taken over the human-smuggling trade in Mexico. Daniel, a 23-year-old Honduran, said the trek through Mexico was especially difficult. He... more »
  • Brownsville Man Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Play Video

    May 16, 2014 8:44 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville man faces decades behind bars for his role in a money laundering conspiracy. Authorities say Oscar J. Aguilar, 37, helped funnel drug money back to the Gulf cartel. Aguilar, a Mexican national, on Friday pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit international money laundering. He... more »
  • Elderly Man Reported Missing Now Back Home Play Video

    May 15, 2014 12:21 PM

    MCALLEN - A missing man found safe in Mexico is back with his family in McAllen. A Silver Alert was issued Tuesday night for 91-year-old Jose Alvaro Martinez. Family members said Martinez suffers from memory loss. Officers told us the 91-year-old was found in Reynosa yesterday. He was returned... more »
  • San Juan Police Chief Praises Tamaulipas Initiative Play Video

    May 14, 2014 7:45 PM

    SAN JUAN - The police chief for the city of San Juan says a new security strategy for the state of Tamaulipas is reasonable and could work. "When they implemented the military strategy back in 2009, 2010, it was being reactive. They were just being reactive to the violence.... more »
  • Mexico Targets Cartels in Tamaulipas Play Video

    May 14, 2014 7:38 PM

    REYNOSA - Mexican officials on Tuesday vowed to put and end to the violence in Tamaulipas. Mexico's secretary of state and other high-ranking federal and state officials met in Reynosa to discuss new security strategies for the state of Tamaulipas. Secretary of State Miguel Angel Osorio Chong confirmed... more »
  • Valley Residents React to Security Plans for Tamaulipas Play Video

    May 14, 2014 4:23 PM

    McALLEN - Rio Grande Valley residents are reacting to Mexico's announcement of new security strategies for Tamaulipas. Mexico's Secretary of State Miguel Angel Osorio Chong held a news conference Tuesday in Reynosa to announce plans for the region. Osorio said Tamaulipas will be divided into sectors to allow... more »
  • Silver Alert for Elderly McAllen Man Discontinued

    May 14, 2014 1:26 PM

    MCALLEN - The Silver Alert for a missing 91-year-old McAllen was discontinued. Police learned Jose Alvaro Martinez went to Mexico. His family told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he crossed through the Hidalgo International Bridge after 11 p.m. Tuesday. His wife said she's worried about his health and safety. Martinez was... more »
  • Mexican Officials Outline Security Strategy for Tamaulipas Play Video

    May 13, 2014 7:37 PM

    REYNOSA - The bloody firefights taking over the streets of Reynosa and other Tamaulipas cities have garnered the attention of Mexican federal officials. Mexico's Secretary of State Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said a new security strategy will bring peace to Tamaulipas. Osorio told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the Mexican... more »
  • Mexico's Secretary of State Visiting Reynosa Play Video

    May 13, 2014 12:56 PM

    REYNOSA, Tamaulipas, Mexico - Mexico's secretary of state is scheduled to visit Reynosa today. Nearly 25 federal officers are doing security checks, around the area Miguel Angel Osorio will speak at. That's in addition to the 80 to 100 military members on hand. The press conference will be held... more »
  • Mexican Secretary of State to Visit Reynosa Play Video

    May 12, 2014 8:16 PM

    REYNOSA - The Mexican secretary of state and other high-ranking officials will visit Reynosa on Tuesday. The visit comes amid a wave of violence that has gripped the state of Tamaulipas for weeks. Miguel Angel Osorio will be joined by governors from Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and San... more »
  • Congressman Wants Better Monitoring of Rio Grande Water Play Video

    May 7, 2014 7:11 PM

    WESLACO - Congressional leaders are asking Mexican officials to provide more information, on a timely basis, about any cases of contamination impacting the Rio Grande. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS about a recent case involving a fish kill in a Rio Grande tributary. Water... more »
  • Mexican Military Questions Weslaco Man Over License Plates Play Video

    May 7, 2014 7:00 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco man says the letters on his car's license plates almost got him in trouble in Mexico. The man said soldiers questioned him in Rio Bravo about the letters CNG on his car's license plates. The man later learned the letters are associated with the Cartel... more »
  • Cuellar Asks Mexico For Information About a Possible River Contamination.

    May 7, 2014 4:56 PM

    WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman, Henry Cuellar is asking Mexico to provide more information about a possible river contamination. An agreement between the U.S. and Mexico created a partnership to combat river contamination and other bi-national emergencies. The EPA said last week Mexico has not asked for help. Congressman... more »
  • Judge to Rule on Case of Seized Money Play Video

    May 5, 2014 7:47 PM

    McALLEN - A judge will decide if more than $3 million seized from high-ranking Mexican officials should be returned. Prosecutors said cartel money was used to bribe those officials. Luis Jerezano Trevino, once a federal judge in Mexico, opened bank accounts in the U.S. to deposit bribe money,... more »
  • Family Reportedly Attacked While Fishing Play Video

    May 5, 2014 7:30 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A family fishing on the Rio Grande claims someone opened fire on them from Mexico. Six members of the family were using two fishing boats when the alleged incident happened in Roma. Texas game wardens responded to the call on Sunday. They did not find... more »
  • Experts Explain Dangers of Water Contamination Play Video

    May 1, 2014 7:45 PM

    McALLEN - Some contaminants cannot be filtered out of the water, experts said. The statement comes as state environmental officials test the water at Falcon Lake for possible contaminants. Officials launched the probe after a massive fish kill at a Rio Grande tributary in Mexico. Experts say hydrocarbon-based... more »
  • Mexican Senator Comes Under Attack in Reynosa Play Video

    April 28, 2014 7:43 PM

    WESLACO - A Mexican senator for the state of Tamaulipas says officials are trying to create a false sense of security by underreporting cartel violence. Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca said he was driving to the Reynosa airport when two men armed with AK-47-type rifles tried to stop his... more »
  • Mexican Self-Defense Groups Will Disarm on Monday Play Video

    April 27, 2014 7:41 PM

    MICHOACAN - Self-defense groups in Mexico are about to hand over their guns. Mexican authorities and self-defense groups have been battling the Knights Templar drug cartel in Michoacan for more than a year. The militia groups signed an agreement spelling out the timetable for them to disarm. ... more »
  • "Crossing the Border - Escaping the War" Tonight at 10pm

    April 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Mexican children are making their way into the Valley to attend schools here in the U.S. It happens every day. CHANNEL 5 NEWS reporter Stephanie Bertini and photojournalist Arturo Vargas watched as kids from Mexico crossed the border carrying their backpacks and ready to... more »
  • Mexican Leaders Visit Military Installations in Texas Play Video

    April 21, 2014 7:43 PM

    WESLACO - The Mexican national defense and navy secretaries visited two military installations in Texas. Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda and Adm. Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz toured Fort Hood and the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. The men were shown aircraft maintenance programs and logistical capabilities at Fort... more »
  • Earthquake Strikes Acapulco Play Video

    April 18, 2014 5:58 PM

    ACAPULCO, Mexico - A powerful earthquake in Acapulco measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. There have not been any reports of major damage or casualties; however, the tremor did send people running into the streets, where broken windows and debris have been falling. The quake was felt across... more »
  • Mexican Tourists Seek Peaceful Getaway on South Padre Island Play Video

    April 15, 2014 8:24 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Violence in Mexico may result in an increase in traffic for businesses on South Padre Island. Millions of Mexicans are in the midst of the Holy Week vacation. Countless northern-Mexico residents traditionally flock to beaches in Tamaulipas and South Texas. The violence, though, has many... more »
  • 3 Killed in Firefight South of Starr County

    April 7, 2014 9:55 PM

    WESLACO - Mexican authorities on Sunday killed three gunmen in a clash near Ciudad Mier along the border with Starr County. The firefight happened at 7:35 p.m. on a road between the Rio Grande and Ciudad Mier. The dead gunmen were in their early to mid-20s, Mexican officials said.... more »
  • Pastor Plans Trip to Mexico Months After Accident Play Video

    April 1, 2014 8:28 PM

    McALLEN - A pastor who survived a massive crash in southern Mexico is preparing to return to that country. Jeremy Valladares was involved in a head-on collision in December, 2013, in the state of Yucatan. He was on a missionary trip with a fellow pastor when the crash happened.... more »
  • Missing Teens Found in Mexico Play Video

    March 21, 2014 8:13 PM

    MONTE ALTO - Two mothers ventured into Mexico to look for their missing daughters. A day later, one of the women and her child are stuck in that country. The girls were missing for two days. One of the mothers told CHANNEL 5 NEWS they had been kidnapped and... more »
  • Lime Shortage Impacts Valley Businesses Play Video

    March 21, 2014 8:02 PM

    WESLACO - A lime shortage in Mexico is impacting businesses in the Rio Grande Valley. Approximately 90 percent of the lime supply for the U.S. originates in Mexico. A bulk of that is imported through Rio Grande Valley border bridges. The average price for a 40-pound box of... more »
  • Brownsville PD Uses Narco Tank as Learning Tool Play Video

    March 18, 2014 7:36 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Brownsville Police Department recently acquired a pickup truck they believe may have been used by cartel members in Mexico. The four-door Chevy Silverado was reported stolen from Roma. It was later turned in to what's known as a narco tank, officials said. "I'm sure there's... more »
  • Report Suggests New Wave of Violence in Michoacan Play Video

    March 18, 2014 7:23 PM

    WESLACO - Mexico's victories against the Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan could spark a new wave of violence, a global intelligence agency said. Stratfor Global Intelligence released a new report this week outlining Mexico's recent victories in the southern state of Michoacan. The group suggests that the death of... more »
  • Expert: OTMs a Threat to National Security

    March 3, 2014 7:35 PM

    WESLACO - A former DEA agent says a spike in the number of immigrants from countries other than Mexico could lead to an increase in violence in the United States. Phil Jordan said the trend poses a threat to national security. "There are the good, the bad and... more »
  • Brownsville Murder Suspect in Custody in Mexico Play Video

    February 27, 2014 1:08 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A suspect in a Brownsville murder is locked up in Mexico. Police said Javier Garza Medrano is connected to the shooting death of Juan Manuel Ocanas Barrientos. Authorities in Mexico said Garza Medrano is a known Gulf Cartel member. He was one of six people Brownsville police... more »
  • Mexico Makes Clear it Will Hold on to El Chapo Play Video

    February 25, 2014 7:55 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico made clear Tuesday it is determined to keep Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in its highest-security prison for the foreseeable future, putting off U.S. extradition in a move that could bolster President Enrique Pena Nieto's nationalist credentials but also shine a spotlight on the country's woeful... more »
  • Missing Man Discovered in Mexican Hospital Play Video

    January 30, 2014 12:22 PM

    WESLACO - A man missing for almost a week was found. Officials with the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros said Jose Daniel Rocha is in Mexico. Rocha's family said consulate officials told them Rocha broke his leg in an accident and was treated at a hospital in Rio Bravo. He's... more »
  • Pastor: Insurance Crucial When Traveling to Mexico Play Video

    January 7, 2014 7:31 PM

    McALLEN - A McAllen pastor injured in a crash in southern Mexico says getting quality care south of the border can be very difficult. Jeremy Valladares said Americans must think about that before they venture into Mexico. Valladares said he nearly lost his life when an 18-wheeler slammed... 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 »
  • Pastor Recovering from Injuries Play Video

    January 2, 2014 5:28 PM

    McALLEN - A pastor says he will be back on his feet in a few weeks. The Rev. Jeremy Valladares was injured in a crash during a missionary trip in southern Mexico. He underwent several surgeries at a Mexican hospital. Valladares suffered multiple fractures and was airlifted from... more »
  • International Tax Raise Expected to Impact Valley Play Video

    January 1, 2014 7:12 PM

    MCALLEN - Valley businesses hope Mexico's tax increase will drive up business on the U.S. side of the border. Mexico increased its sales tax to 16 percent from 11 percent in Mexican border towns. Economists predict U.S. sales will go up because of the raise. Graciela Echeverria started working... more »
  • Experts: Social Media a Tool for Extortionists Play Video

    December 30, 2013 7:47 PM

    WESLACO - Virtual kidnappers are posing as marketers in order to get information from potential victims, experts say. Global intelligence group Stratfor said criminals use virtual kidnappings to extort money out of their victims. Criminals typically tell victims that a relative has been kidnapped and demand ransom money. ... more »
  • Injured Pastor Returns to the Valley Play Video

    December 19, 2013 8:07 PM

    McALLEN - A Rio Grande Valley pastor injured in a head-on collision in Mexico is back on U.S. soil. The Rev. Jeremy Valladares, 30, suffered severe injuries in a collision with an 18-wheeler in the Mexican state of Yucatan. The community rallied around the pastor, and one generous... more »
  • Valley Pastor Undergoes Surgery in Yucatan Play Video

    December 18, 2013 4:18 PM

    McALLEN - A Rio Grande Valley pastor injured in a head-on collision in Mexico will have to wait longer to return home. The Rev. Jeremy Valladares, 30, suffered severe injuries in a collision with an 18-wheeler in the Mexican state of Yucatan. The community rallied around the pastor,... more »
  • Mexican Truck with Radioactive Load Stolen Play Video

    December 4, 2013 9:25 AM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - A truck carrying an extremely dangerous radioactive substance was stolen in central Mexico, the U.N. nuclear agency said Wednesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency said the truck was carrying cobalt-60, used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer. An IAEA statement said the truck was stolen Monday... more »
  • Mexican Nationals Cross Border Despite Danger Play Video

    November 29, 2013 10:00 PM

    MCALLEN - Mexican nationals continue to cross the border on shopping expeditions despite potential dangers. Many said they come to the U.S. for the bargains and variety of merchandise, even though the situation in their home country is volatile. Shopper Diana Garcia said, "Everything has its risks. That's why... more »
  • Family of Missing Man Searches in Mexico Play Video

    November 24, 2013 11:10 PM

    HARLINGEN - The family of a missing Harlingen man is now searching both sides of the border. Ricardo Zamora went missing on October 30. His family said they received a tip that Zamora was in a small town, about an hour away from Matamoros. The family went to... more »
  • Kidnapped Victims Freed in Reynosa Play Video

    November 8, 2013 4:19 PM

    REYNOSA - Mexican federal forces have freed 61 kidnap victims in Reynosa, including 53 Central Americans, seven Mexicans and one U.S. citizen, federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said Friday. Federal police captured four suspected kidnappers in the raids on various houses. Three of the kidnap victims were children.... more »
  • 2 Arrested, Charged with Gun Smuggling Play Video

    November 8, 2013 12:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Two men are facing gun smuggling charges in the Lower Valley. A federal judge arraigned Cruz Moises Garcia and Julio Solis Castilleja earlier this week. Authorities arrested Solis as he was crossing the Gateway International Bridge into Mexico. They said he had four high-power rifles, an assault... more »
  • Mexico's Supreme Court Overturns Caro Quintero Release Play Video

    November 6, 2013 5:20 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's Supreme Court has voted to overturn an appeals court decision to release drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, and is ordering the court to reconsider the case. Caro Quintero walked free In August after a federal court overturned his 40-year sentence for the 1985 torture-killing of... more »
  • DA Dismisses Charges in Grenade Case

    November 4, 2013 7:54 PM

    EDINBURG - A teenager accused of trying to take an inert grenade into Mexico will not face weapons charges, officials said. The teen will be deported, they said. Police arrested the teenager after he dropped the demilitarized grenade into a dumpster at the Whataburger restaurant in Hidalgo. The... more »
  • Man Charged in 2008 Murder Case Play Video

    November 1, 2013 12:43 PM

    WESLACO - A man was charged Friday with capital murder for a killing back in 2008. Weslaco police worked to find 27-year-old Francisco Javier Gonzalez. The prime murder suspect was in Mexico for the last five years. Weslaco police credit help from the Mexican federal officers for bringing... more »
  • Officials Uncover New Trend Among Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    October 28, 2013 8:23 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities say more illegal immigrants are carrying copies of their Mexican voter identification cards as they venture into the United States. Officials said the new trend seems to be growing exponentially. A traffic stop Monday in La Joya shed some light into why the immigrants... more »
  • Reynosa Residents Flee New Wave of Violence Play Video

    October 25, 2013 8:40 PM

    McALLEN - Some Reynosa residents are seeking refuge in the United States from a new wave of drug cartel violence. A Reynosa resident told CHANNEL 5 NEWS violence erupted again in that border city. She said the gun battles have happened too close to her home. "There have... more »
  • Firefights Reported in Reynosa Play Video

    October 24, 2013 4:20 PM

    McALLEN - U.S. officials are on alert after a series of gun battles in Reynosa. The clashes happened Wednesday. At least two of the firefights happened between cartel members and Mexican military, intelligence experts said. U.S. intelligence experts said the battles may stem from internal turmoil in the... more »
  • U.S. Marshals Arrest Mexican Murder Suspects Play Video

    October 10, 2013 10:41 PM

    EDINBURG - U.S. Marshals said they arrested two men wanted in the murder of a teenage boy in Mexico. Deputies arrested the suspects after a surveillance operation at an apartment complex in Edinburg. The two men are cousins. They allegedly killed the teenager in January in Michoacan. ... more »
  • Landowner Still Waiting Compensation from Government Play Video

    September 30, 2013 7:26 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - A Cameron County woman is wondering when her family will get the compensation it deserves. Diana Izaguirre says the border fence was built on her property. Izaguirre says, "It has been for my mom and my sister. There's nothing we can do about it, and there's... more »
  • Feds Break up Prostitution Ring

    September 25, 2013 9:29 PM

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - The leader of an international sex trafficking organization admitted in federal court he brought several women to the United States to run a prostitution ring. Joaquin Mendez-Hernandez, a/k/a "El Flaco," 35, formerly of Mexico, pleaded guilty last week. He operated in Savannah, Ga.; parts of Florida,... more »
  • Mexican National Accused of Trying to Smuggle Grenade Play Video

    September 25, 2013 8:25 PM

    McALLEN - A young Mexican national is facing several charges after he allegedly tried to smuggle a hand grenade into Mexico. The suspect was sent to a detention center. A judge wants to review a drug test and psychological evaluation performed on the suspect. Officials said the suspect... more »

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