June 4, 2013 9:08 PM
HARGILL - The family of a U.S. Marine missing in Mexico hopes his military training will help him and two relatives survive their abduction.
FBI investigators launched an investigation into the kidnapping of Armando Torres and two family members. Torres, his father, Armando Torres II, and his uncle, Salvador... more »
June 4, 2013 9:06 AM
WESLACO - The FBI is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the people responsible for kidnapping a former Marine, who's from the Rio Grande Valley.
Armando Torres III, along with his father and uncle, was last seen on May 14. A relative told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the three... more »
June 1, 2013 9:17 AM
STARR COUNTY - A suspected drug smuggler led police on a chase and fled into Mexico.
Rio Grande City police attempted to pull over a driver Friday evening on South Alvarez Road. The driver refused, leading officers on a chase down Heritage Road. The driver lost control of his... more »
May 29, 2013 8:16 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Water authorities say Mexican farmers often pump water illegally from the Rio Grande. They said federal authorities need to do something about the problem.
Donna Irrigation District pump house worker Jose Gonzalez said the river must provide water for irrigation on both sides of the border.... more »
May 28, 2013 4:25 PM
CAMERON COUNTY - Federal investigators continue their probe into the disappearance of three Hargill residents in Mexico.
Authorities said one of the missing is U.S. Marine Armando Torres III.
Torres, his father and uncle disappeared after crossing into Mexico on May 15 at the Los Indios international bridge.... more »
May 27, 2013 8:48 PM
MEXICO CITY- Mexico's government says it has created a special investigative unit to search for missing people. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says the unit will include 12 federal investigators and a group of federal police agents as support. He said Monday the unit will be part of the Attorney... more »
May 23, 2013 11:19 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The man accused of killing ICE special agent Jaime Zapata has pleaded guilty. Julian Zapata Espinoza, an alleged drug cartel member, entered his plea this morning in federal court. He was facing charges of murder and attempted murder of an officer or employee of the United States.... more »
May 15, 2013 8:13 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Mexican Cartel activity across the United States is being traced back to the Rio Grande Valley, local law enforcement officials said.
San Juan Police Sgt. Rolando Garcia said he spends part of his day researching cartel activity that might have ties to the Valley.
"We... more »
May 14, 2013 9:15 PM
WESLACO - A global intelligence consulting firm says the water treaty between the United States and Mexico should be reworked.
Stratfor consultants said not enough water flows from the Colorado River Basin to supply all the regions along its path. The Rio Grande starts in that basin.
The... more »
May 12, 2013 9:20 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Seismic activity has increased at the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City, leading authorities to alert towns in two central states and the capital. Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center says the white-capped volcano spewed a plume of steam more than a half mile into the sky. The... more »
May 9, 2013 12:52 PM
EDINBURG - Hidalgo County leaders are meeting to discuss how to address the ongoing drought.
Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia said they're no longer relying on getting any water from Mexico. Instead he said he wants the county and nearly two dozen cities inside Hidalgo County to come up... more »
May 7, 2013 12:41 PM
WESLACO - As Mother's Day nears, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers about rules on importing flowers and plants.
CBP officials will be taking a closer look at flowers, plants, and fresh herbs for any signs of insects, pests or diseases. They said a single dangerous pest... more »
May 5, 2013 6:46 PM
WESLACO - One man is dead after a head-on collision on Expressway 83. The crash happened early Sunday morning in Weslaco near the Westgate exit.
The driver of an Oldsmobile Alero was heading west in the eastbound lanes and collided with a tractor-trailer, which was carrying vehicles to Mexico.... more »
May 3, 2013 8:49 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Merchants who sell Mexican prescription drugs at flea markets are violating the law, local pharmacists said.
Pharmacists said the drugs can pose a serious health threat to those who buy them.
Flea market merchants offer everything from heart medication to birth control and pain pills.... more »
May 2, 2013 8:32 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Doctors are warning women about the potential deadly side effects of Mexican contraceptives.
A woman said she suffered a severe hemorrhage after taking contraceptives brought from Mexico.
Liliana Villagrana said she was trying to save a buck by buying the birth control at a local... more »
May 2, 2013 4:26 PM
WESLACO - Rio Grande Valley doctors say Mexican birth control pills are behind a spike of visits to local emergency rooms.
Doctors said the pills are causing serious complications for many women.
They said the pills are unprescribed and may cause severe hemorrhages.
The problem is affecting... more »
May 1, 2013 8:16 PM
WESLACO - Rio Grande Valley police departments no longer will have direct access to their counterparts on the south side of the border.
The Mexican government said it will limit the information it shares with U.S. law enforcement agencies.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration said all information... more »
April 28, 2013 10:05 AM
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - Police say that 10 members of the musical group La Reyna de Monterrey have been killed and five injured in a road accident in northern Mexico.
A police official says the driver of the vehicle that was carrying the band dozed off Saturday morning, causing... more »
April 20, 2013 10:00 AM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The international commission in charge of administering U.S. and Mexico rights to Rio Grande water says it'll begin releasing more water from the Amistad Dam near Del Rio. In a statement Friday, the International Boundary and Water Commission said the increased water releases this month... more »
April 11, 2013 8:43 PM
BROWNSVILLE - South Texas authorities say Mexican drug cartels will continue to recruit teens to smuggle illegal immigrants and drugs through the region.
Jim Wells and Brooks counties District Attorney Carlos Garcia said the cartels are becoming more sophisticated.
"To become successful in their line of work, or... more »
April 10, 2013 10:20 PM
WESLACO - Mexico has yet to release the water it owes the United States as part of a mutual agreement between the two nations.
The issue has drawn the attention of officials on the U.S. side of the border, particularly in the Rio Grande Valley.
U.S. International Boundary... more »
April 6, 2013 10:59 PM
SOUTH TEXAS - Mexico has agreed to release a small amount of water into the Rio Grande River for U.S. consumption. U.S. officials have been calling on our neighbor to the south due to the worsening drought situation.
Officials from the U.S. side of the border agree that the water... more »
April 6, 2013 9:26 AM
WESLACO - Mexico and the International Boundary Water Commission approved a release of water. Congressman Henry Cuellar confirmed late Friday that Mexico will deliver some water to the communities of South Texas.
It's not clear how much water will be released. In a statement, Cuellar said he's unsure what... more »
April 6, 2013 9:14 AM
MEXICO CITY - Hundreds of Mexican federal police forced protesting teachers off the main highway between Mexico City and Acapulco. The teachers had blocked the road for hours Friday.
They're protesting an educational reform that will submit them to evaluation and loosen union control over hiring and firing.
... more »
April 6, 2013 9:12 AM
MEXICO CITY - A memorial made to honor those killed in Mexico's drug war is causing controversy. The memorial was unveiled Friday.
It's made up of steel panels with quotes from famous writers and thinkers. Mexico's interior secretary said the reason for the memorial should've never existed. He said,... more »
April 1, 2013 7:48 PM
WESLACO - Mexican drug cartels are spreading their reach deep into the United States, the Associated Press reported Monday.
The report states that cartels are actively setting up operations in the United States.
"They've been here for some time," Stratfor Cartel Analyst Scott Steward said. Stratfor is a... more »
April 1, 2013 4:16 PM
CHICAGO (AP) - Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States - an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world's most lucrative... more »
March 30, 2013 9:40 AM
LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Headed into this traffic-heavy holiday weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reassuring motorists that in spite of federal budget cuts the agency will try to make sure waiting to cross from Mexico into Texas isn't worse than most years. Earlier this week, the agency said... more »
March 30, 2013 9:33 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The sister-in-law and niece of the alleged leader of a Mexican drug cartel have pleaded guilty in a money laundering case in Austin. According to their plea agreements Friday, Zulema Trevino Morales and her daughter Alexandra Trevino face up to 20 years and three years in... more »
March 26, 2013 7:56 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos wants President Obama to ask Mexico to repay its water debt to the United States.
Cascos also said congressional members need to try a different approach. Rio Grande Valley lawmakers have asked Mexico to repay more than 1 million acre feet of... more »
March 22, 2013 4:20 PM
WESLACO - Mexican officials made no comment on water releases as the deadline for doing so expired Friday.
Congressman Ruben Hinojosa and other U.S. officials are asking Mexico to release more water into the Rio Grande. Mexico owes hundreds of thousands of acre feet of water.
Hinojosa said... more »
March 16, 2013 9:05 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican federal police say they have seized more than nine tons of marijuana, 370 pounds (168 kilograms) of crystal meth and a large cache of weapons this week in a northern border city caught in a bloody turf war between two drug cartels. A Friday statement... more »
March 16, 2013 9:03 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A rocket landed in truck loaded with other fireworks during a religious procession in central Mexico, causing an explosion that killed at least 13 people and injuring 154. A photographer at the scene says human remains and burned clothes were spread over a 100-yard radius, including... more »
March 15, 2013 5:34 PM
WESLACO - A dangerous fugitive could be hiding in Mexico, officials said.
Keana Barnes of Louisiana escaped from a women's prison where she was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter.
U.S. Marshals Service deputies said Barnes is linked to two murders. They said she stabbed her first victim... more »
March 15, 2013 4:31 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County official are demanding that Mexico repay its water debt.
They said that water would provide some relief from the drought.
Cameron County leaders said Mexico owes the United States nearly 400 acre-feet of water. An acre foot is amount needed to cover one acre... more »
March 8, 2013 8:15 PM
STARR COUNTY - The transfer of prisoners away the now-shuttered Miguel Aleman prison has one woman worried for her relative's wellbeing.
The woman, Mary, said Mexican officials did not notify her quickly enough about the changes.
Tamaulipas officials on Wednesday transferred all prisoners out of the Miguel Aleman... more »
March 7, 2013 5:44 PM
AUSTIN - An intelligence-gathering agency issued a statement about the raging violence in Mexico and the threat it represents for spring breakers.
Stratfor Global Intelligence in Austin states that violence continues in Mexico, especially along the border. Officials with the agency said U.S. government warnings suggest that American citizens... more »
March 4, 2013 4:19 PM
WESLACO - Mexico may be partly responsible for the dwindling water supply in the Rio Grande Valley, officials said.
International Boundary and Water Commission officials on Monday confirmed that Mexico owes more than 400,000 acre feet of water to the United States.
The news comes after some irrigation... more »
February 20, 2013 8:46 PM
CIUDAD MIER - Residents of a Mexican town 12 miles west of Roma say life is returning to normal after a long period of lawlessness.
Officials and residents credit the Mexican army for restoring the peace in Ciudad Mier.
The town's mayor invited CHANNEL 5 NEWS to visit... more »
February 17, 2013 10:06 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's chief of staff says the White House hasn't proposed "anything to Capitol Hill yet" on immigration even as a leading Republican criticizes a reported draft proposal regarding illegal immigrants. That draft, according to USA Today, would create a visa for the estimated 11 million... more »
February 15, 2013 12:41 PM
MCALLEN - Lawmakers in the Rio Grande Valley want Mexico to repay its water debt.
The drought isn't just a major issue for farmers. Three local water districts say nearly a dozen Valley cities will run out of water in a matter of months.
The Valley delegation sent... more »
February 12, 2013 10:32 PM
BROWNSVILLE - The family of slain Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata filed a lawsuit against the federal government.
The lawsuit also was filed on behalf of Special Agent Victor Avila Jr. He survived the attack that killed Zapata in February, 2011, in San Luis Potosi Mexico.... more »
February 12, 2013 8:25 PM
LAREDO - Escalating violence along the U.S.-Mexico border in the Webb County area has many residents on edge.
Still, many are venturing south of the border despite the raging cartel wars. Many said the regular cross-border trips are a way of life.
"I went today to visit family,"... more »
February 10, 2013 10:37 PM
NUEVO LAREDO - The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo is alerting U.S. citizens about an increase of violence across the border.
In a new release they said in the past week there have been at least 8 murders and 5 arson attacks on local residences.
There was also a... more »
February 9, 2013 9:24 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican farmers who took up arms against drug-gang violence and crime in the mountains of southern Mexico have turned over to authorities 11 of 53 people that the vigilantes have detained over the last month as suspected criminals. Movement leader Bruno Placido says the 11... more »
February 9, 2013 9:22 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's federal Health Department says another person injured by last week's explosion at the headquarters of the country's state-owned oil company has died, raising the death toll to 38. A statement issued Friday says 19 people remain hospitalized, two of them in critical condition. The Jan.... more »
February 4, 2013 7:58 PM
WESLACO - A Mexican police officer said there is little chance the raging drug war in her country will end in the foreseeable future.
Sofia is a member of the Fuerza Civil in the state of Nuevo Leon. She said firefights, drugs and corruption are commonplace in the streets... more »
February 3, 2013 10:12 AM
HIDALGO - Customs and Border Protection Officers seized nearly 10 pound of methamphetamine at the Hidalgo International Bridge on Friday. Officers found the drugs stashed inside a car battery of a Dodge pick up truck.
The drugs have a street value of $150,000.
A Mexican national was arrested. He... more »
February 1, 2013 4:20 PM
ZAPATA COUNTY - A firefight south of the U.S.-Mexico border prompted an increase in law-enforcement presence in the Falcon Lake area.
Border Patrol and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens heeded a call for help from the Zapata County Sheriff's Department. A helicopter also was dispatched to the... more »
February 1, 2013 1:09 PM
ZAPATA COUNTY - CHANNEL 5 NEWS confirmed a gunbattle broke out in Mexico across from Falcon Lake. We're working to find out if the battle crossed into the U.S.
There are several reports of people crossing the border as a result. U.S. federal, state and local authorities are trying... more »
January 30, 2013 10:36 PM
WESLACO - A Rio Grande Valley resident said reports of diminishing violence in Mexican border towns are false.
The man, Raul, lived in a Mexican border town across from the Valley much of his life. He had to flee north after a drug cartel took his family's businesses.
... more »
January 30, 2013 7:27 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - CHANNEL 5 NEWS on Friday documented a possible Mexican military helicopter incursion into the United States.
The helicopter was spotted touching down in the area of a federal wildlife park south of Penitas.
The area is off-limits to the public.
External features on the... more »
January 19, 2013 9:27 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is stepping up aid for Mexico's bloody drug war with a new U.S.-based special operations headquarters to teach Mexican security forces how to hunt drug cartels the same way special operations teams hunt al-Qaida, according to documents and interviews with multiple U.S. officials. Such assistance... more »
December 30, 2012 4:31 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican marines have slain four gunmen who apparently were trying to steal the body of a Zetas cartel chieftain killed by the military a day before in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The state government said the gunmen evidently wanted to take the body of... more »
December 29, 2012 7:48 AM
PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. officials say Mexican authorities have found a sophisticated smuggling tunnel equipped with electricity and ventilation not far from the Nogales port of entry into Arizona. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada in Nogales, Ariz., says the Mexican military discovered the tunnel this week in downtown Nogales,... more »
December 28, 2012 8:40 PM
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Mexican fishermen are wandering further north of the international boundary in the Gulf of Mexico in search of better catches, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.
The Coast Guard on Monday found a gill net 18 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico boundary. They said it is... more »
December 26, 2012 1:01 PM
SAN JUAN - The San Juan police chief said the suspect in a Christmas Eve shooting is also wanted in connection with crimes in Mexico.
Investigators suspect Arnulfo Silguero is hiding out somewhere in the Rio Grande Valley. He's accused of shooting his brother-in-law in the chest after an... more »
December 21, 2012 10:10 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A former Marine has been released from a prison in Matamoros.
Jon Hammar was released at approximately 8 p.m. Friday. He returned to the United States through the Veterans International Bridge.
Hammar's father, his lawyer and a member of the U.S. consulate in Matamoros greeted the... more »
December 21, 2012 12:39 PM
WESLACO - The lawyer for Jon Hammar, a Marine imprisoned in Matamoros, sent out a tweet saying he'll be bringing Hammar home today.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson also released a statement announcing the expected release.
Mexican authorities arrested Hammar four months ago. The 27-year-old was stopped at the... more »
December 21, 2012 10:40 AM
CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A man and a 12-year-old girl he allegedly abducted may be traveling to Mexico.
Odelin Cota-Rivas Merdan was reported missing Tuesday from Chesapeake, Virginia. Jose Hernandez Santillan is the man accused of kidnapping her. A felony arrest warrant was issued for the 28-year-old yesterday.
Authorities... more »
December 15, 2012 9:47 AM
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - A Mexican government official says seven men have been sentenced to long prison terms for their roles in a northern Mexico casino fire that killed 52 people last year. The official says a judge in Nuevo Leon state has sentenced six men to 75 years in... more »
December 11, 2012 7:45 PM
NUEVO PROGRESO - Mexican troops have pulled out of the border town of Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas.
Still, that is not dissuading American tourists from visiting the town despite warnings from American officials.
"This is my first time ever," Georgette Groux said. She is a Winter Texan from Canada.... more »
December 10, 2012 4:28 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is confirming that famed Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash in northern Mexico. It is the first official confirmation of Rivera's death, although she has been widely presumed dead since the wreckage of her plane was found... more »
December 9, 2012 6:55 PM
December 9, 2012 10:13 AM
PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) - Mexican authorities say gunmen rampaged through a town in the northern border state of Chihuahua, killing at least six people, including a child. State prosecutors say the attack happened late Friday in the town of Guadalupe y Calvo. They say six bodies were found in... more »
December 8, 2012 9:23 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Police found the mutilated bodies of 13 people inside two vehicles abandoned in separate towns of the northern border state of Tamaulipas, an official said Friday. Authorities first found the cut-up bodies of two women and three men late Thursday in a potato chip delivery truck... more »
December 7, 2012 7:27 PM
STARR COUNTY - A man in Starr County is searching for answers after his brother-in-law disappeared in Mexico.
Joe Victoria said his relative, Jose Angel Serrano, crossed the border and boarded a bus in Reynosa headed for Rio Bravo. He was going to see a doctor. That was on... more »
December 3, 2012 5:49 PM
WESLACO - Police have few clues in the disappearance of a Carrollton man.
Noel Shankle, 28, went missing 10 months ago after he crossed into Mexico, police said. Shankle flew to the Rio Grande Valley from North Texas. He rented a car in Harlingen.
His family said the... more »
December 1, 2012 7:37 AM
Mexico- Former President Felipe Calderon handed over the reigns of power to Enrique Pena-Nieto.
The formal ceremony happened at mexico's national palace just after midnight.
Calderon gave pena-nieto the country's flag, observed by the guard of honour and members of the new cabinet.
President-elect Enrique Pena-Nieto of mexico... more »
November 27, 2012 1:03 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mexico's president-elect will meet with President Barack Obama for the first time today.
Enrique Pena-Nieto will also sit down with members of Congress at Capitol Hill. Pena-Nieto said he wants to reshuffle the nations' shared priorities. His talking points include the drug war, immigration and jobs.... more »
November 25, 2012 9:53 PM
MEXICO CITY - The military in Mexico reports high numbers of arrest and seizures. They reported catching 58 people and confiscating a large stash from the arrest.
They had gathered a large arsenal of weapons, vehicles and drugs.
Along with the drugs and weapons, they also reportedly have... more »
November 21, 2012 7:28 PM
WESLACO - The U.S. Department of State has issued a new travel warning for Mexico.
The new warning updates the one issued in February, officials said. It also outlines additional restrictions and new concerns about safety in Mexico.
The department pointed out that millions of American citizens travel... more »
November 15, 2012 7:21 PM
MATAMOROS - The residents of a small town across the border from west Brownsville are upset they didn't get to see their president.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday made his final visit to Matamoros and a community west of that border city. He was there only an hour.... more »
November 10, 2012 9:40 AM
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - Mexican authorities say they have detained 24 alleged members of the Gulf drug cartel, including seven who once worked for the rival Zetas drug gang. Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene says the Zetas deserters told investigators that they left the Zetas and joined the... more »
November 3, 2012 9:05 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities say they are close to striking a deal to provide more security for a southern town where angry villagers seized control after a taxi driver was kidnapped and killed. Olinala Mayor Eusebio Gonzalez says the takeover began Saturday after about 100 people stormed a... more »
November 3, 2012 9:04 AM
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - The mayor of Mexico's resort city of Acapulco says he will fire 500 police officers because they failed tests used to identify corrupt officers. Mayor Luis Aburto Walton says he will ask the federal government to send in federal agents to help what is left of... more »
November 2, 2012 1:06 PM
MEXICO CITY - Mexican officials are questioning 23 police officers about their alleged ties to drug cartels.
The officers were detained Thursday in a suburb of Mexico City.
Mexico's federal government acknowledged corruption continues to be a major problem. Most people earn low wages.
Another high-profile arrest... more »
October 22, 2012 10:27 PM
LOS EBANOS - Five Mexican nationals are facing charges after a shootout between Border Patrol agents and drug smugglers near Los Ebanos.
Border Patrol officials said agents exchanged gunfire with someone on the Mexican side of the border. The incident happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Friday downriver from... more »
October 13, 2012 9:04 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican customs agents seized $560,000 in cash hidden in the door panels of a vehicle entering Mexico at Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas. The Tax Administration Service said in a statement Friday that the driver drove into the "nothing to declare" lane. But when... more »
October 12, 2012 9:41 PM
WESLACO - Drug cartels are operating on our side of the Rio Grande, state officials said.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said it's more a reality now more than ever. He said they are strengthening their presence in South Texas.
"The most organized crime threat... more »
October 11, 2012 11:07 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - An autopsy carried out on the body of drug cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano before his body was stolen shows he died of six gunshot wounds, including two to the head. The Coahuila state prosecutor's office says the autopsy determined Lazcano died of brain injuries, hemorrhaging, shock... more »
October 10, 2012 10:33 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A one-time Gulf cartel boss imprisoned for assaulting two U.S. agents more than a decade ago was so fearful of returning to Mexico that he jeopardized his own scheduled release from prison by trying to bribe his way to safety. A federal judge sentenced Juan Carlos De la... more »
October 10, 2012 10:29 PM
PROGRESO, Mexico (AP) - Mexico's navy said Wednesday that its personnel had no idea they had killed the leader of the country's most-feared drug cartel until after his body was stolen from a funeral home in this border town. The death of Zetas cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano, alias "El Lazca,"... more »
October 9, 2012 6:39 PM
MEXICO - A cartel expert on Tuesday said the death of a founding member of the Zetas cartel is a symbolic victory for the Mexican government.
Sylvia Longmire said Heriberto Lazcano's death will not affect the cartel's ability to smuggle drugs across the border and continue its violent grip... more »
October 8, 2012 4:26 PM
MEXICO CITY - Mexican marines on Saturday arrested the leader of a Zetas cartel group believed to be behind the murder of an American citizen two years ago.
Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, 31, also known as Carlos Garcia and "Ardilla" (squirrel), was arrested at about 7 p.m. in Nuevo... more »
October 8, 2012 1:03 PM
WESLACO - Nearly two years after a couple came under fire on Falcon Lake, Mexican authorities say they caught the man behind the shooting.
David Hartley and his wife were on Jet Skis along the Mexican bank, when a group of gunmen opened fire. Hartley was gunned down. His... more »
October 7, 2012 10:46 AM
CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) - All the police personnel on duty in a Mexican border town the day the nephew of a state governor was shot to death have been taken by federal troops to the state capital for questioning. Coahuila state authorities say the 44 police officers and four... more »
October 3, 2012 10:27 PM
MEXICO - Mexican troops on Wednesday arrested two men in connection with the murder of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
Mexican media outlets said the men were arrested early Wednesday near Agua Prieta, a few miles from where Agent Nicholas Ivie was killed.
Ivie and two other... more »
October 2, 2012 8:44 PM
PHARR - A man from Pharr remains in a hospital after being grazed by a bullet in Mexico.
Police said the 38-year-old man arrived at the Pharr port of entry with a wound to his head. He told officers he was shot while fleeing from gunmen outside Reynosa.
... more »
October 2, 2012 5:26 PM
ROMA - The family of a woman missing in Mexico said they are running out of options.
The woman, Carmen Gonzalez, was last seen on Aug. 1. She crossed the border into Miguel Aleman and took a bus headed for Cerralvo, her family said. She never returned home.
... more »
October 2, 2012 1:54 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A senior U.S. official says there is strong circumstantial evidence that Mexican federal police who fired on a U.S. embassy vehicle, wounding two CIA agents, were working for organized crime on a targeted assassination attempt. A Mexican official with knowledge of the case on the Aug.... more »
October 1, 2012 9:57 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Researchers say the violence in Mexico is having strong repercussions on an endangered feline species.
Tony Reisinger, with the Texas Sea Grant, said only 80 ocelots remain in the United States, primarily in the eastern regions of the Rio Grande Valley. He said there is no new... more »
September 26, 2012 9:54 PM
MEXICO - The Mexican military arrested 18 Zetas cartel members in the Nuevo Leon town of Paras, near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Officials said an anonymous call led them to the men. They were traveling aboard several pickup trucks.
Military personnel confiscated weapons, including a claymore mine. They also... more »
September 25, 2012 10:41 PM
PHARR - Police on Tuesday said the body of a local man named Leonel Rodriguez was recently discovered in Mexico.
Pharr police have yet to release details on how the man died or where his body was found.
The FBI on Monday confirmed to CHANNEL 5 NEWS they... more »