27 arrested, accused of distributing 'counterfeit' drugs

1 month 16 hours 15 minutes ago Thursday, October 28 2021 Oct 28, 2021 October 28, 2021 3:10 PM October 28, 2021 in News - Local

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated throughout.

A multi-agency investigation led to the arrest of 27 people in the Rio Grande Valley area in connection to a drug trafficking operation to distribute “fake counterfeit pills” containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.

All 27 were arrested on state charges ranging from possession with intent to distribute, manufacturing, and delivery of controlled substance(s).

The criminal complaints against the defendants allege that from January 2021 through October 2021, the drug trafficking network was responsible for the importation and distribution of fake counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine, in addition to the illicit sales of prescription opioids.  

Most of the suspects were from Hidalgo County, rural Starr County and Mier, a city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Federal investigators saying one of the suspects detained today was in charge of recruiting teens

“This investigation also revealed Yolanda Yevon Garza, an employee from the IDEA School District in Weslaco, Texas, was utilized to facilitate the sales of counterfeit pills for this criminal drug network,” the news release stated. “During this investigation, authorities seized multi-kilogram quantities of illicit narcotics to include counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine along with other assets attributable to this organization.”

In a statement to KRGV Channel 5 News, IDEA Public Schools all questions should be directed to Hidalgo County. 

“IDEA Public Schools is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and school communities,” the district said. “We are cooperating fully with law enforcement and will take the appropriate employee action in accordance with the law and IDEA policy.

The DEA, Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office, Hidalgo County Sherriff’s Office, La Villa Police Department and the Edinburg Police Department conducted this investigation. The Hidalgo County Constable Precincts 1, 3, and 4, and the Department of Public Safety also assisted during the course of this investigation.  

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