Area Breaking News

Border Patrol agent charged with drug trafficking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General arrested a U.S. Border Patrol agent Friday after conducting a sting operation at the Falfurrias checkpoint. Border Patrol Agent Oberlin Cortez Peña Jr., 22, of La Joya told an informant how to trick drug-sniffing dogs and hide cocaine, according to the criminal complaint against him.…

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Villalobos wins McAllen mayoral election by just 206 votes

McAllen elected a new mayor on Saturday. City Commissioner Javier Villalobos won 51% of the vote during the mayoral runoff election — and defeated City Commissioner Veronica Vela Whitacre by just 206 votes, according to results announced by the City Secretary’s Office on Saturday night. “It was a tight one, so I congratulate my opponent,”…

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Judge sets bond at $75,000 for Peñitas chief of staff

A judge set bond at $75,000 for Peñitas Chief of Staff Andy Morales on Thursday — two days after the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested him. During a hearing on Thursday afternoon, U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker set bond at $75,000 with a $3,500 cash deposit. Morales, who is jailed…

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Peñitas chief of staff arrested on federal firearms charge

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Peñitas Chief of Staff Andy Morales — a major player in western Hidalgo County politics — on Tuesday. Agents charged Andres “Andy” Morales, 42, of Mission with making false statements when he purchased firearms in 2017. “Andy’s name comes up a lot in a lot…

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DEA arrests Donna police sergeant on drug charges

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arrested a Donna police sergeant on Tuesday after a four-month investigation. The DEA arrested Donna police Sgt. Alejandro Martinez on drug charges Tuesday morning, said Richard Sanchez, the assistant special agent in charge of the McAllen Office. The DEA also arrested a man named Victor Vallejo. “And we anticipate additional…

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