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CCPD Looks For Stripes Robber

CORPUS CHRISTI–Corpus Christi Police are looking for a man who robbed a Stripes Store early on Thursday morning.

Around 1 am, a man entered the convenience store on the 5700 block of Leopard St., showed a handgun and demanded money.

Police report he got away with an undetermined amount of money during the robbery. He was seen leaving in a Dodge  Neon and is described as a Hispanic male, 5’05” – 5’07”, 140 – 160 lbs.

If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the suspect, you should call  Crimes Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS.

–South Texas Tribune,

Border Patrol Seizes Marijuana Worth $1.6 Million

EDINBURG–Border Patrol Agents made two big drug seizures estimated at more than a ton of marijuana in the Upper Rio Grande Valley and worth $1.6 million on Monday.

The largest seizure happened  when agents saw a green minivan parked a little west of the main entrance to Anzalduas Park. When the agents came up to the van, they could hear people talking in the nearby brush. Before they could catch them, the seven people were seen crossing into Mexico.

Agents  searched the area and found more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana in the brush.

There was another big seizure occurred near La Rosita in Starr County when agents saw several people carrying large bundles of marijuana north from the Rio Grande.

When the group of smugglers saw the agents, they dropped their bundles and fled into the thick brush. The agents found more than 850 pounds of marijuana in the area.

The marijuana was  turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

–South Texas Tribune,

CBP Seizes 55 Pounds of Cocaine At Border Crossing

PHARR–The U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers seized about 55 pounds of cocaine at the Pharr Port of Entry and it’s worth about $1.7 million.

A 35-year-old woman from Reynosa, Mexico was crossing the Pharr International Bridge last Friday in a 2011 Ford Courier pickup truck when she was sent to secondary.

While in secondary, an inspection of car led to the discovery of 21 packages of cocaine hidden in the truck.

“Our frontline officers continue working hard to secure our nation’s borders and to prevent all types of contraband from entering our country.  Our officers are doing great enforcement work.,” said Hector Mancha, the CBP Port Director for Hidalgo and Pharr.

The female driver was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.

–South Texas Tribune,

$100,000 of Stolen Equipment Found in Jim Wells County

ALICE–A Jim Wells County investigation is ongoing after they found about $100,000 worth of stolen  equipment on a farm property in Orange Grove Tuesday.

They made the discovery after a phone call came in about the suspicious equipment was notice in a rural area near Orange Grove.

The items include: a 2007 Ford Mustang that had been reported stolen from CCPD since 2007, a small bobcat, several water pumps used by oil field companies, three utility trailers, several other pipes and pipe fittings.

It’s believed the items were taken from a number of South Texas counties and this was a storage area for the stolen items.

The person or persons responsible for taking these stolen items weren’t found and authorities are trying to find out who is responsible.

–South Texas Tribune,

Suspects Commit Armed Robbery for PS 3 System

CORPUS CHRISTI–Corpus Christi Police are looking for a two men who committed an armed robbery to take a PS 3 game system.

Investigators said Joe Martinez was selling the game system with some game on Craigs List for $300. A man called him and asked to meet at the Wharf Apartments near SPID.

When Martinez showed up around 1:30 pm, the man walked up to him, pulled out a gun and threaten to shoot him, if he didn’t hand over the PS 3 and the games.

Authorities said the victim complied then the gunman told him to get in his car and leave the area.

The suspect was seen running away and toward the Bay Club Apartments. There, he was seen handing over the PS 3 game system and games to a second suspect.

If you have any info, call the Corpus Christi Crimestoppers at 361-888-TIPS.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune,

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Coast Guard Seizes Two Boats for Illegally Fishing

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND–A call from a good samaritan helped the Coast Guard catch two Mexican boats fishing illegally across the border South Padre Island.

The call from an offshore oil rig worker who reported three fishing boats from Mexico crossed into the United States on Sunday about 29 miles northeast of South Padre Island.

The Coast Guard race out there with two 33-foot long Special Purpose Craft and a Falcon Jet, meanwhile Customs and Border Protection launched a crew to help out.

Officials report one of the three lanchas made it back across into Mexican waters, but the other two were intercepted by small boat crews from the Coast Guard.

Both lanchas had sharks and fish on board and eight crew members were caught and later handed  over to the Border Patrol.

“Historically, in January, we see an increase of border activity, but we have already seen almost double this month than (what) we had this time last year,” said Lt. Cmdr. Darren Melanson, a Coast Guard law enforcement officer. “Tips from good Samaritans are so helpful because it increases our awareness of what is out there.”

Video of the case can be viewed here:

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune,

Border Patrol Finds Assault Rifle and Revolver Near River

MCALLEN–Border Patrol Agents working in McAllen find two high-powered weapons near the river last Saturday, but the suspects in possession of the guns get away.

Agents said they found a 7.62 assault rifle and .38 caliber revolver near the Rio Grande.

The weapons were found inside a black bag while Border Patrol was patrolling around the river. Inside the bag, they also found a 30 round magazine for the assault rifle.

When they approached the suspects, they swam across the river back into Mexico.

The rifle was reported stolen in December and turned over to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune,