Tag: drugs

Border Patrol Sees Increase in Smugglers Crossing Harder Drugs

RGV (KFXV) — As the number of drug seizures in the Rio Grande Valley continue to increase, smugglers are resorting to unusual methods of concealment. U.S. Customs and Border Protection report a major increase in cocaine and heroin seizures through the region this year..from Del Rio to Brownsville, agents are intercepting hard drugs. The South Texas Corridor has seen a 177% increase in heroin and a 129% increase in cocaine seizures – this happens at a time when the number of apprehensions have fallen in recent months. Smugglers keep turning to unconventional drug trafficking methods. CBP says they use...

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Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs

BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen. The reason may be the yellowish goo smeared on her 18-inch wound as she lay on the operating table. The Houston woman was helping test a novel medicine aimed at avoiding opioids, potent pain relievers fueling an epidemic of overuse and addiction. Vicodin, OxyContin and similar drugs are widely used for bad backs, severe arthritis, damaged nerves and other...

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Brownsville Police Arrest Man For Selling Narcotics

Cameron County (KFXV) — Brownsville police arrested one man for selling narcotics. According to officials, while conducting surveillance on the 1800 block of Dan Street, agents with the department’s special investigations unit observed their suspect — identified as Oscar Munoz — allegedly selling drugs out of his home. After notifying Munoz of the ongoing investigation during a traffic stop, Munoz consented to a search of his residence. Law enforcement found 63.1 grams of cocaine inside his residence, and placed him under arrest. Munoz also admitted to owning a firearm stolen from Indianapolis, Indiana. Munoz received a charge of manufacture...

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Trial Postponed in Palmview Double Homicide

Hidalgo County (KFXV) — In 2015, two women were found dead on the side of the road, one with drugs taped to her body. The man accused of the double homicide is back in court. It’s been more than a year since Vela was charged in connection with two deaths in Palmview, and — after several hearings — still no trial date has been set. Guadalupe Vela was back in the 275th district court Thursday morning – a new pretrial hearing was scheduled as lawyers await the results of DNA analysis which are expected to be ready in June....

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CBP Seize 911 Pounds of Narcotics at Pharr Bridge

PHARR (KFXV) — Customs and Border Agents made a seizure of alleged Marijuana at the Pharr International Bridge, estimated at nearly $200,000. According to officials, on the 16th, police sent a tractor trailer to a secondary inspection where they discovered 236 packages, containing 911 pounds of the narcotic. The driver, vehicle and drugs were handed over to Homeland Security for further...

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