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MPD seizes drugs, charges couple

MISSION — Over 5,000 pounds of marijuana were seized in three separate incidents the Mission Police Department and Narcotics Division took part in this week.

Nearly 4,000 pounds of marijuana was seized after MPD received a tip a resident had 2,000 pounds of marijuana in a house. When MPD arrived, they found more than anticipated, police said.

Due to recent history, police went to the residence Tuesday wearing bulletproof vests after the resident had previously shot at someone who tried to gain access into their home, according to officials.

Authorities said after a knock on the door, the wife answered and let them the residence. Once inside, officers conducted a search where they found a room full of bundles of marijuana. The 169 bundles were 3,970 pounds.

While at the residence, five men showed up in the truck wearing bandanas over their faces. Authorities are investigating the individuals and believe they had been watching the house. Police believe the five men have a history with gangs and home invasions.

Cpl. Manuel Casas said the male resident made a comment to officers that he was thankful the police got to him before the other guys did. The resident believed he would have been dead that night had police not shown up, said Casas.

Police also seized surveillance equipment, a computer, weapons, and spirals containing months of information on packaging of drugs.

The husband and wife, Francisco Cazares, 50, and Maria Azuara Cazares, 53, were charged Wednesday with possession of marijuana, a first-degree felony. They each received a $1 million bond.

Mission police also made the following drug confiscations:

• With the help of Palmview police, MPD was able to locate the vehicle that was suspected of carrying drugs at Abram and Frontage roads where they tried to stop the vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop. The chase ended under the Anzalduas International Bridge when two men bailed out of the vehicle and swam across the Rio Grande River to Mexico, authorities said.

Police found 1,800 pounds of marijuana in the truck. The truck was reported as a stolen vehicle out of Pharr.

• A chase by the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office last week ended at South Pedro and Frontage roads in Mission. They were able to recover about 300 pounds of marijuana.

• MPD received a report of an individual picking up bundles from the side of the road and Inspiration Road and Business 83. When encountered by police, he had picked up nine bundles of marijuana, which is about 20 pounds. He was charged with possession of marijuana.

Mission Police Chief Martin Garza said it is very common for suspects to throw out items when in a pursuit. The chief recommended that the public report findings of suspicious packages. He advised that residents call police when they spot a package, like a drug bundle, but never touch or move the items.

“Once you put those bundles in your car, you are now in possession of narcotics,” said Garza.

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