Tag: federal court

Police Search for Fugitive Human Trafficker

PHARR (KFXV) — US Marshals are requesting the public’s help in locating a fugitive. After a five-day trial, Luis Gerardo Betancourt has been convicted on two charges– but is now considered a fugitive, after failing to appear in federal court. The 20-year-old, Pharr resident is accused of conspiracy to commit hostage taking and conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants in 2015. He is now wanted after his failure to appear for trial and presentation of evidence. The investigation began on December fourth, regarding people being held against their will– forcing their family members to pay a release. According to testimonies...

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Postman Charged With Bribery

Edinburg (KFXV) — The trial continues in the arrest of a U.S. Postal Service employee– for bribery charges. 43-year-old, Noe Olvera was detained on Friday, upon arrival to his job. Court documents show, Olvera is accused of accepting more than $1000 in bribes. These images recorded by a woman–also mentioned in federal documents– showing a conversation with Olvera two years ago– where he admits receiving money in exchange for providing lists of postal customer names and addresses. Olvera is set to be in federal court, tomorrow...

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Jury Decides Former Mission Cop is Guilty

MCALLEN (KFXV) — In Federal court, the former Mission Police officer Hector “Jojo Mendez” is found guilty today of two counts of possession and intent to distribute cocaine. After a six day trial and approximately three hours of deliberation in federal court, a jury found Mendez guilty after hearing closing arguments. Guilty on two counts of conspiracy to possess and intent to distribute cocaine, Jojo Mendez will now wait to see how much time he will serve in federal prison. Fox 2 News spoke with the defense attorney, saying he felt disappointed with the decision. Court documents indicate the...

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Donna ISD Employees Fighting District in Federal Court

A group of Donna ISD employees are fighting their school district in federal court. The six plaintiffs claim that board members have discriminated against them after not supporting their election. Six Donna ISD employees are suing the Donna school district board in day two of trial at the McAllen federal court. The suit was filed in February of last year by a group of employees who say they were demoted by orders of at least three board members when they took office after the November 2014 school district elections. “Anytime that you make and employment decision, particularly when you’re...

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Former Narcotics Investigator Sentenced to 7 Years in Jail

A former Starr County HIDTA investigator is sentenced to 7 years in jail for drug trafficking. 29-year-old Noel Peña appeared in federal court this morning after pleading guilty to the charges in July. Peña, who worked in the narcotics division, along with 21-year-old Hector Salinas, was arrested in April 2015 after an undercover investigation in which both men were allegedly caught falsifying reports and keeping narcotics seized during drug busts. Salinas is sentenced to 5 years in...

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