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PHOTOS: Group of 170 Migrants Surrender at Texas Border

McALLEN, Texas – A group of 170 migrants from Central America surrendered to U.S. authorities shortly after crossing the waters of the Rio Grande. The maneuver occurred within one of the main smuggling corridors used by the Gulf Cartel into Texas.


Texas Public School Cop Sent to Prison for Working with Gulf Cartel-Tied Gang

MCALLEN, Texas – A former campus police officer from the Donna Independent School District will spend almost 11 years in prison for helping a Gulf Cartel-connected gang steal drug loads. The former cop used his uniform and duty vehicle to carry out traffic stops to create the appearance of drug seizures.

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State Trooper Shot in Texas Border City, Suspect in Custody

Authorities are investigating the shooting of a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper in the city of Edinburg which is located about 12 miles from the Rio Grande River border with Mexico. The suspect is believed to still be at large.

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2 Texas Border Politicians, 1 Judge, 1 Lawyer Arrested on Federal Fraud Charges

A former border county commissioner, a former city commissioner, and a local attorney face federal fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges. The charges come in connection with a long-term bribery scheme over construction contracts. A former municipal judge already pleaded guilty to his role in the case.

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Sinaloa Cartel Money Launderer Arrested in South Texas, Say Feds

A man accused of helping the Sinaloa Cartel launder millions through a Chicago-based operation was arrested near the Texas Border. The operation is believed to have cleaned at least $100 million via gold trades with the proceeds returning to Mexico.

Over $3 million in cash seized by San Diego Sector Border Patrol Agents in August 2016.

Mexican Cartel Smuggler Crashes Outside Texas Mall During Chase

An armed drug cartel smuggler crashed into a palm tree outside a shopping mall in Brownsville, Texas, as he tried to flee authorities. The smuggler was carrying close to 400 pounds of marijuana and a stolen pistol belonging to a federal agent.

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Caravan Migrant from Viral Video Arrested on Assault Charges

A caravan migrant from Honduras who complained about being given beans to eat during her journey through Mexico is now in a Texas jail facing one charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The woman became the topic of a viral video during her journey. The woman’s sister is also facing similar charges and both have an immigration detainer placed on them preventing them from bonding out.

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Mexican Gulf Cartel Operative Arrested in Texas Border City

McALLEN, Texas – Federal authorities arrested a top operator for Mexico’s Gulf Cartel in Roma, Texas. The Mexican national has a lengthy criminal history in the U.S. and is one of the main leaders of the cartel’s human smuggling network–earning him a spot on the bi-national most wanted list.

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Fifth Mexican Journalist Murdered in 2019

Mexican authorities are investigating a Sinaloa-based journalist’s death who was allegedly thrown from an overpass. The case marks the fifth media-related homicide of 2019 and the seventh since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) took office in December 2018.

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Third Mexican Journalist Murdered in 2019

Mexican authorities confirmed the murder of a journalist in the border state of Sonora. The crime marks the third murder of a Mexican journalist in 2019 and the fifth case since Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December.

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44 Kidnapped from Mexican Passenger Buses near Texas in Two Weeks

Cartel gunmen operating near the Texas border kidnapped 44 individuals from two passenger buses in two weeks. Rather than sound the alarm, top Mexican authorities made efforts to avoid disclosing facts and then minimized them once they leaked.

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Mexican Government Confirms Second Mass Kidnapping near Texas

Shortly after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) tried to downplay the kidnapping of 19 passengers from a bus near the Texas border, a top federal official acknowledged the separate disappearance of 25 travelers in a previous case and announced an investigation. Authorities now confirm 44 bus kidnapping victims since February 21.

New president AMLO sets out Mexico's 'transformation'

Mexican President Downplays Mass Kidnapping Case near Texas Border

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) downplayed a mass kidnapping case near the Texas border where a team of cartel gunmen pulled between 19 and 22 victims from a passenger bus. The Mexican president said the incident is simply reflective of how some migrants reach the U.S. border.

Mexican presidential front-runner 'AMLO' registers candidacy

Former Texas Border Police Chief Convicted for Aiding Gulf Cartel

McALLEN, Texas – A career lawman who at one time served as police chief for La Joya was convicted on drug trafficking charges for his role in helping smugglers connected to Mexico’s Gulf Cartel operate in Texas. Homeland Security Investigations arrested the corrupt lawman in 2017.

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DHS Secretary: Every Migrant Girl Over 10 Gets Pregnancy Test

Every migrant girl over 10-years of age that reaches the U.S. is receiving a pregnancy test, said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen during her testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee.

UN rights chief condemns migrant family separations at US border

Texas Border Homeowner Shot Migrant on Doorstep, Say Police

Authorities in Mission, Texas, are investigating whether a local 72-year-old homeowner shot a migrant immediately after he illegally crossed the border from Mexico. The apparent victim was part of a human smuggling group which allegedly tried to hide from U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Border Patrol agents arrest suspected illegal immigrants in Rio Grande Valley Sector. (File Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Mexican Feds Arrest Gulf Cartel Boss Tied to Bloody Turf War

Mexican federal authorities arrested the top leader of a faction of the Gulf Cartel. Authorities allege the cartel boss is partially responsible for the ongoing violence in various border cities as part of a turf war.

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