Tag: DEA

San Juan Police Officer Arrested for Drug Trafficking

SAN JUAN (KFXV) — A San Juan police officer facing charges of drug trafficking. According to a criminal complaint issued by a U.S. District court, Officer Salvador Hernandez is accused of possessing and intended to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. On August 27th of last year, officers responded to reports of a three-vehicle accident. When they got there – Border Patrol and Officer Hernandez found an abandoned vehicle with two duffle bags with 40 packages of narcotics. When Hernandez entered the narcotics into evidence, there were 37 packages. The DEA then investigated and arrested Hernandez. San Juan...

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When the ‘War on Drugs’ Hits Home

RGV (KFXV) — The war on drugs is still ongoing. The DEA tells me, they’ve received reports of different substances being used by students in different Valley schools. “We’re concerned because he’s almost going to be 18 and we’re worried that he might just leave,” said one mother. Juana Sanchez, refers to her 17-year-old son who she says has been consuming marijuana for about two years. “I’m sure he gets it at school because he leaves fine but when he comes back, he looks completely different,” Sanchez continued. “We do see a lot of synthetic, some prescription drugs and...

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DEA Discusses Cartels’ Grip on Valley Drug Trade

RGV (KFXV) — Border conflicts continue throughout the area as cartels try to fight for territory. Fox speaks to the DEA on which criminal organizations operate in the Rio Grande Valley and what they’re doing to combat them. South Texas has become a ‘hot zone’, as DEA tells me, when it comes drug-trafficking. In the Rio Grande Valley, the primary operating organization is the gulf cartel. However agents also see the presence of Sinaloa, Jalisco and Zetas. Marijuana, cocaine, crystal meth and heroine– are the most common drugs trafficked into the U.S. through this region. Once the narcotics make...

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Former DEA Officer Sentenced to 300-Months in Prison

MCALLEN (KFXV) — Former DEA Task Force Officer, and Mission Police Department Investigator, Hector Mendez of San Juan, went before a federal judge in McAllen, and was handed a 300-month sentence today. Mendez was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine by a federal jury in July, after a six-day trial. According to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office, “Mendez conspired to steal.. ‘over 1400 kilograms’ of cocaine. Mendez also intentionally falsifying statements to… multiple judges….” The judge saying “Mendez’s crimes were particularly reprehensible,” and, “that while working...

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DEA Seizes Property From Multiple Homes

Weslaco (KFXV) — The Drug Enforcement Administration along with other federal and state agencies, raided several homes this morning. The intense police activity began during the early hours. Fox News cameras were rolling when agents from the D.E.A., Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and D.P.S., were investigating a home located on Loma Drive. Agents seized evidence and three vehicles. The other search warrant happened at a home on Westgate and Mile 10. We’re waiting to receive information from the Attorney General’s...

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