Tag: heroin

$1.4 Million Seized in Heroin

HIDALGO (KFXV) — Agents at the Hidalgo International Bridge seize nearly 1.5 million in heroin. border patrol is reporting that Tuesday, as a 26-year-old, U.S. citizen attempted to cross in a utility trailer, agents discovered almost 36 pounds of alleged heroin concealed within. The approximated street value of the narcotics is over $1.4 million. Officials arrested the driver, and handed him over, along with the drugs –to Homeland Security for further...

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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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FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents. The review comes as regulators disclosed that the number of doctors who completed voluntary training programs is less than half that targeted by the agency. A panel of FDA advisers meets next week to review risk-management plans put in place nearly four years ago to reduce misuse and abuse of long-acting painkillers, powerful opioid drugs at the center of a national wave of abuse and death. Under the current risk-management...

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Man Charged with Negligent Homicide after Woman Dies of Drug Overdose

Weslaco (KFXV) — A man is charged with negligent homicide after he allegedly helped a woman buy and ingest drugs. The woman died from an overdose on February 13th. Officials say 44-year-old Jesse Rodriguez admitted he helped them victim buy the drugs and ingest them because she was too intoxicated to do it by herself. On February 13th, authorities responded to an emergency call at Rodriguez’s home. 25-year-old Carolyn Peña was unconscious, the response team pronounced her dead at the scene. Autopsy results show Peña had several drugs on her system, including prescription drugs and heroin. Police arrested Rodriguez...

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Convicted Drug Trafficker, Kidnapper turned over to Mexican Authorities

A Mexican man convicted of heroin trafficking in the U.S. and aggravated kidnapping in his home country was turned over to Mexican authorities today by ICE. 41 year old, Arturo Alcala-Mendez flew in from Pennsylvania, and arrived in Brownsville where he was turned over to Mexican officials. Following his drug conviction, enforcement and removal operations agents took Alcala Mendez into custody and began making final arrangements for his removal process last...

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