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5 Texas Border Sheriffs Who Were Linked to Mexican Cartels

The ties between elected officials and the Mexican transnational criminal organizations we call “cartels” do not stop at the U.S.-Mexico border. In many instances, such corruption manifested on the north side of the line. We detail below five such instances where Texas border sheriffs were indicted and sentenced to prison for such ties.

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Mexican Cartel Violence Kills Texas Toddler, Dad

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — A three-year-old boy and his father are the latest victims of cartel-linked drug violence in Texas after a team of gunmen shot at them multiple times before making a clean getaway.

Texas Border School Election Lawsuit

Texas Court Blocks Effort to Close Border Voting Locations

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — A Texas appellate court has struck down a lawsuit seeking to close two rural voting locations for an upcoming school board election. Residents claim the case was an effort to rig the local school board election.

Starr County Justice of the Peace Salvador Zarate is sworn in for another term on January 1, 2015

Suspended Sentence for Texas Border Judge Convicted of Bribery

A State District Judge in this border city has shocked residents by suspending the sentence of a local border judge previously convicted of bribery. Instead of spending 5 years in prison the corrupt former judge will serve 30 days in jail and serve the rest under probation.

Border in Roma, Texas.

Miembros del Cártel del Golfo son Atrapados en Texas y Solo Reciben Manazo – Huían de una Muerte Segura en México

Los cinco miembros confesos de la organización criminal temible conocida como el Cártel del Golfo que fueron detenidos la semana pasada cuando trataban de encontrar su camino hacia Texas recibieron un estirón de orejas después de que las autoridades federales sólo les impusieron cargos de inmigración. Los cargos mínimos fijados contra los miembros del cártel, que estaban huyendo de una muerte segura a manos de su propia organización criminal, significa que algunos serán liberados y posiblemente deportados entre 15 y 30 días, mientras que el quinto miembro será liberado y deportado en cuestión de meses.

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Mexican Cartel Members Let Off with Only 15 Days in Jail for Illegally Entering U.S.

The five self-confessed members of the Mexican Gulf Cartel who were arrested last week as they tried to raft their way into Texas received a slap on the wrist after U.S. federal authorities only charged them with common immigration charges. The minimal charges set against the cartel members, who had been fleeing a certain death at the hands of their own criminal organization, means that three cartel members will be released in 15 days, one will be released in 30 days while the fifth member will be released in a matter of months.

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Smugglers Hide Large Drug Load in Oilfield Equipment Near Texas Border

Moving drugs through highways used by oil workers and hiding drugs within oilfield equipment appears to be a new strategy being used by drug traffickers seeking to move large narcotic loads to northern cities. Earlier this week, Texas State Troopers arrested Carlos Lozano, a Mexican national who had been driving a tractor trailer loaded with more than 4,030 pounds of marijuana. The drug seizure occured just west of the border city of Roma, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed.

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Lawsuit Highlights Political Favors and Retaliation in Texas Border County

A lawsuit being fought in a Texas State Court accuses current and former Texas border county officials of lowering property tax rates for their allies as a way of providing favors within the political elite. The lawsuit was filed in the 381st State District Court by Luis Rios Jr. the former assistant chief appraiser for Starr County Appraisal District. Rios claimed that one of the members of the board of directors pressured him to lower his property tax rate and that of his relatives.

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Armed Mexican Cartel Member Wreaks Havoc in Texas Near Border

An armed man with alleged ties to a Mexican cartel fleeing from authorities wreaked havoc in the Texas border city of Rio Grande. While allegedly evading police he crashed through various fences and then escaped into the brush. The high speed