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  • Former Sheriff Begins Federal Sentence Play Video

    September 9, 2014 4:22 PM

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

    August 20, 2014 7:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A human smuggler used spikes in an effort to flee from authorities Wednesday, officials said. The suspect threw the three-pronged spikes, also known as caltrops, out of his pickup truck during a high-speed chase, officials said. The spikes pose a serious threat to pursuing agents and... more »
  • Aerostat Launched in Roma Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:45 PM

    ROMA - A new surveillance aerostat now flies in the skies above Roma. Roma residents say they hope the added surveillance will dive smugglers away from the town. "I put these (burglar bars on the) windows here all the way around the house," Roma resident Raul Moreno said.... more »
  • Smuggler Attacks Game Warden

    July 23, 2014 12:35 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A human smuggler attacked a Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife game warden Tuesday night at a wildlife refuge. The attack happened at 7:30 p.m. near the Rio Grande at a wildlife refuge near Hidalgo. The game warden wasn't injured. The smuggler was arrested and... more »
  • Smugglers Operate in Plain Sight Across the River from Roma Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:32 PM

    ROMA - Smugglers are operating in plain view and during the day along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande across the border from Roma. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew watched as the smugglers blew up rafts, took payments and sent men floating across the river. The smugglers... more »
  • Deputy Constables Rescue Kidnapped Immigrant Play Video

    July 14, 2014 10:45 PM

    PENITAS - Two people are in custody after a Honduran woman was held for ransom at a stash house in Penitas. Authorities say investigators were able to use technology to pinpoint the woman's exact location. Authorities say there have been more cases of illegal immigrants held in stash... 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 »
  • Palo Mayombe Altar Found at Stash House Play Video

    April 16, 2014 7:51 PM

    PHARR - Authorities found more than illegal immigrants at a human stash house Wednesday in Lopezville. Pharr police and Border Patrol agents discovered a Palo Mayombe altar. The Afro-Caribbean religion is often considered the dark side of Santeria. Palo Mayombe altars are rarely found in the Rio Grande... more »
  • Search Continues for Drug Smuggler Near La Joya Play Video

    April 11, 2014 7:16 PM

    LA JOYA - Police continue searching for a drug smuggler in eastern Hidalgo County. Two of his partners are in custody. One was found on school grounds at Irene Garcia Middle School in Palmview. The school was locked down for more than an hour Friday afternoon. Parents... 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 »
  • Suspected Smuggler Involved in Car Accident Arraigned

    September 12, 2013 10:49 AM

    BROWNSVILLE - A man accused of smuggling three undocumented immigrants who got into a car accident was arraigned yesterday in federal court. The accident happened in Brownsville Monday. A judge ordered Eddye Montoya be held without bond after he made his first court appearance on a smuggling charge. According... more »
  • 11 illegal immigrants detained, Smuggler Escapes Play Video

    August 30, 2013 10:35 PM

    DONNA- Border Patrol agents searching for a smuggler after crashing his van filled with illegals. The crash near Donna on FM493 just before 8 p.m. Border Patrol Spokesperson Henry Mendiola says an agent tried pulling over the driver of the maroon van. He refused and made a quick U-turn.... more »
  • Judge Mulls Decision to Certify Teen as Adult in Murder Case

    March 27, 2013 4:14 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge has yet to decide if a 16-year-old will be certified to stand trial as an adult in the murder of nine illegal immigrants. Prosecutors on Monday asked the judge to certify teen as an adult for his alleged role in the deaths. The teenager... more »
  • Rio Grande City Neighborhood Residents Want Speed Bumps

    January 21, 2013 7:43 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Residents of a Rio Grande City neighborhood say speed bumps may help curb smuggler traffic in their area. The neighborhood is located near the river's edge. "I'm always afraid of being here," Linda Lopez said. She lives near the international boundary line. "I don't... more »
  • Smuggler Leaves Illegal Immigrants Trapped in Trunk

    January 13, 2013 9:21 PM

    Palmview - Five illegal immigrants are trapped in the trunk of a car when their driver bailed from the vehicle. D.P.S. Spokesman tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS it started when the driver spotted a D.P.S. Trooper. When troopers caught up to the car they discovered 5 people trapped inside the trunk.... more »
  • Suspected Smuggler Slams Car into House

    November 15, 2012 4:46 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Federal agents arrested a 20-year-old woman after she allegedly slammed a drug-loaded car into a home Thursday in Granjeno. The woman was trying to escape from agents when her car jumped a ditch and plowed through a chain-link fence and into the house, officials said. ... more »
  • Officials Searching for Teenager Implicated in Deadly Chase

    October 31, 2012 7:10 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - State officials confirmed a 14-year-old suspected human smuggler was arrested and released shortly after a chase that left two immigrants dead. Texas Department of Public Safety officials said the teenager was behind the wheel of a truck loaded with illegal immigrants when he fled from troopers... more »
  • Warrant Issued for Teen in Smuggling Case

    October 31, 2012 4:14 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A14-year-old driver is wanted in connection with a chase that left two illegal immigrants dead north of La Joya. Officials said the boy was driving a truck loaded with illegal immigrants when Texas Department of Public Safety troopers opened fire from the air. The 14-year-old... more »
  • Brownsville Police Searching for Human Smuggler

    October 17, 2012 5:25 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Police continue searching for a suspect involved in a deadly crash that killed two people. Police said the wanted suspect was behind the wheel of a Jeep Cherokee fleeing Border Patrol when it flipped Monday night on Ruben Torres Blvd. Six people from Mexico and Honduras... more »
  • 2 Injured in Deadly Rollover Headed to San Antonio Hospital

    October 8, 2012 1:01 PM

    DONNA - Two illegal immigrants injured in a deadly rollover are heading to San Antonio hospital. They're in critical condition. Several law enforcement agencies are investigating Sunday's accident. A Border Patrol spokesperson said agents spotted a vehicle leaving the river, and the driver sped away. We're told the driver... more »
  • Two Teens Arrested For Suspicion of Smuggling

    August 11, 2012 11:22 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Two 19-year-old men are behind bars in Starr County. They're accused of having smuggling tools when a DPS trooper pulled them over. Inside the car, the trooper found black ski-masks and black leather gloves. Starr County District Attorney's lead investigator said those are the tools... more »
  • Suspected Smuggler Behind Bars

    July 10, 2012 1:07 PM

    McALLEN - A Rio Grande Valley man who was on the run in Mexico is now back behind bars. Agents with the Hidalgo County High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Unit arrested him yesterday on the 1100 block of Zelda in McAllen. Officials said the suspect recently led agents on a... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Working to Identify Smuggler

    June 20, 2012 6:35 PM

    LOS FRESNOS - Federal officers are trying to identify the smuggler behind a stash house near Los Fresnos. Border Patrol agents say they got a tip yesterday about a home on Lemon Drive. Inside, they found 70 illegal immigrants, who were mostly from Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras. Agents... more »
  • Police Arrest Suspected Human Smuggler

    June 11, 2012 12:41 PM

    EDCOUCH - Police arrested a man accused of leading a human smuggling operation. Officers discovered the man's stash house near FM 1015 and mile 12 after a traffic stop Saturday. Investigators said they found nine illegal immigrants and the suspected smuggler during the stop. Officials say a female... more »
  • Accused Smuggler Crashes

    June 4, 2012 4:35 PM

    LA JOYA - La Joya police say the driver of a pickup loaded with a dozen illegal immigrants accepted the job to pay off a smuggling debt. The driver, Martin Lopez, fled after La Joya officers ordered him to stop this weekend. He lost control of the truck and... more »
  • Group of Illegal Immigrants, Suspected Smuggler Arrested Following Chase

    May 18, 2012 11:23 PM

    MISSION - A police pursuit started on the Rio Grande south of Mission and ended on Bentsen Palm north of the expressway. It all started when a Homeland Security helicopter on routine patrol noticed a white pickup and a group of men who had just crossed the river. The... more »
  • Group of Illegal Immigrants on the Run After Bailout

    May 1, 2012 7:02 AM

    MISSION - The search is on for more than a dozen suspected illegal immigrants who eluded Mission police yesterday. Officers say about 40 illegal immigrants were crammed in a Suburban. They bailed out of the vehicle during a traffic stop near Expressway 83 and Stewart Road. Officers were able... more »
  • Palmview Crash Similar to Deadly Wreck in Hidalgo

    April 12, 2012 8:05 PM

    HIDALGO - Tuesday's deadly crash is very similar to one that happened in Hidalgo about eight years ago. Nine illegal immigrants also lost their lives in that crash. They died when the car they were in went off the road and landed in a canal. Federal agents were... more »
  • Smuggler Accused of Using Craigslist to Hire Drivers

    March 22, 2012 9:08 AM

    MCALLEN - Investigators say craigslist was used to recruit drivers to transfer illegal immigrants within the Rio Grande Valley. A 29-year-old Mexican national residing in the Valley, was the subject of the investigation. He was caught on March 14 and detained pending the return of a federal indictment for... more »
  • Rio Grande City Chase Ends in Major Drug Bust

    March 20, 2012 12:58 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Rio Grande City police say a smuggler took them on a chase near a school. It all ended in a major drug bust. Officers say it started this morning when they tried to stop the driver of pickup truck near FM 3167. That's close to... more »
  • San Juan Police Find Marijuana Hidden in Gas Tank

    March 5, 2012 6:56 PM

    SAN JUAN - San Juan police say it all came together in their latest pot bust. It was all because of an officer's quick eye and a suspected drug smuggler's urge to go to the restroom. What could have been a class C misdemeanor for urinating in public quickly... more »
  • Suspected Drug Smuggler Tried to Hide Meth in Load of Cucumbers

    February 1, 2012 12:58 PM

    PHARR - A suspected drug smuggler tried to use a load of cucumbers to hide thousands of dollars in meth. Officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge found 23 packages hidden inside a tractor trailer. The driver was stopped last Friday. Agents discovered 58 pounds of methamphetamines while they inspected... more »
  • Man Accused of Ramming Police Car Charged

    January 30, 2012 5:29 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A suspected smuggler is heading to jail in Hidalgo County. Wilebaldo Castro Garza is being held on $125,000. He's charged with possession of marijuana and evading arrest with a vehicle. Sullivan City police say he rammed a police car on Saturday while trying to get... more »
  • Suspected Drug Smuggler to Face Judge in Sullivan City

    January 30, 2012 12:58 PM

    SULLIVAN CITY - A suspected smuggler is expected to face a Sullivan City judge Monday afternoon. Police say the smuggler was at FM 886 near Los Ebanos when he tried to get away with a load of marijuana. He bailed out near a sugar cane field and was later... more »
  • Three Afghan People Detained

    January 20, 2012 11:56 PM

    WESLACO - Three people from Afghanistan are in Border Patrol custody in the Valley. Border Patrol acknowledges they apprehended the three Afghanis in the Valley. They were found in two different groups. One was found south of Mission by the river. The other two were found in a stash... more »
  • Authorities Find More Than a Ton of Marijuana in Load of Cabbage

    January 18, 2012 1:08 PM

    PHARR - A suspected drug smuggler has found a new way to try and smuggle a load of drugs. More than a ton and a half of marijuana was discovered hidden in a load of cabbage at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The pot was packed into balls and wrapped... more »
  • Mother Reunited With Son After He Was Abandoned by Smuggler

    December 30, 2011 7:31 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A mother and son from Honduras are reunited in the Valley after the boy was abandoned by a smuggler. Border Patrol agents say the reunion happened Thursday. Agents apprehended a group of illegal crossers near Rio Grande City. A woman from Honduras told agents her... more »
  • La Joya Schools Change Emergency Plans

    December 17, 2011 12:56 AM

    LA JOYA - Smugglers have forced one Valley school district to change their emergency plan. The schools in La Joya ISD are right in the heart of the drug and human smuggling corridor. That's forcing district officials to change their emergency plans. Federal law requires every district to have... more »

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