Tag: Panama

Sentencing Delayed for Former Bail Bondsman Linked to Drug-Trafficking Schemes

A former bail bondsman linked to multiple drug-trafficking conspiracies in Hidalgo County has been scheduled for sentencing in late September. Julio Armando Davila, indicted under the case of the shooting of a homeland security agent in Hargill in 2012, was to be sentenced this morning. However, both the prosecution and the defense stated they were not ready for today’s hearing and petitioned judge randy crane to move sentencing to September 29. Davila faces drug-trafficking charges and has been accused of bribing former Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Melo Ochoa and was mentioned several times during the Panama unit...

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US ponders a shocking loss; Mexico advances

ATLANTA (AP) — After the feel-good summer of 2014, the United States was eager to pick up another Gold Cup title and lock up its spot in the next Confederations Cup. Instead, the Americans are dealing with one of their most shocking losses. Giving up two first-half goals on set plays, one delivered by goalkeeper Brad Guzan’s blunder on a routine throw, the U.S. fell to Jamaica 2-1 in the Gold Cup semifinals Wednesday night. Forget another CONCACAF title. That will go to either Mexico or Jamaica, who meet in Sunday’s final at Philadelphia. As for the Americans, it’s...

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Former Justice of Peace Ismael “Melo” Ochoa Pleads Guilty

68-year-old Ismael “Melo” Ochoa stood on the other side of the bench to face judge Noe Gonzalez from the 370th district court, with a guilty plea. The former justice of the peace entered a plea bargain with district attorney prosecutors where he would admit guilt to 2 counts of bribery, and one count of money laundering, but have the “engaging in organized criminal activity” charge dismissed. “He’s not finished with what he’s going through, he still has to cooperate with other investigations in reference to what he was doing it with, so, right now that’s why he got probation,”...

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Panama Unit Whistle Blower Reaches Settlement

The whistle blower of the now-defunct panama unit has reached a court settlement in a law suit against the hidalgo county and the sheriff’s office. Miguel Flores, a former sheriff’s deputy and FBI informant, sued the county after allegedly been fired for not supporting former sheriff Guadalupe Trevino’s re-election campaign. Flores along with other 10 former employees filed the wrongful termination suit in May of last year. Flores’ attorney, James Grimson, tells Fox 2, that his client reached a cash settlement, dismissing the...

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