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Valley Man Arrested At Border for Money Laundering

BROWNSVILLE–A Harlingen man wanted on a money laundering charge in Beaumont was arrested Monday at a Brownsville International Bridge.

A Customs and Border Protection officer working pedestrian enforcement operations at Gateway International Bridge came in contact with 24-year-old Alfonso Torres .

The primary CBP officer’s queries revealed an active arrest warrant for Torres from Jefferson County in Beaumont for money laundering. Torres was escorted to CBP secondary for further identification.

A CBP officer’s secondary checks of a national database confirmed the active arrest warrant for Torres from a money laundering case. Torres was arrested by CBP officers and subsequently turned over to the Cameron County Sherriff’s Office for transportation to the Carrizales/Rucker Detention Center pending extradition to Jefferson County .

“A primary CBP officer’s vigilance and use of a national database contributed to the identification of Alfonso Torres a wanted fugitive,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director for Brownsville. ” I commend our CBP officers for the arrest of this wanted fugitive in this alleged money laundering case.”

–South Texas Tribune,



Federal Agents Seize $200,000 at Brownsville International Bridge

BROWNSVILLE–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Border Patrol agents conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Brownsville Port of Entry seized $200,018 in bulk U.S. currency last Wednesday.

CBP officers and Border Patrol agents working at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a red 2009 Dodge Ram as it attempted to leave  the United States and enter Mexico .

The driver, a 39 year-old citizen of Mexico who lives  in Brownsville  was referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, a search of the Dodge resulted in the discovery of nine bundles of bulk U.S. currency hidden within the vehicle.

CBP officers seized the currency the vehicle and the case has been referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“Our team working outbound inspections at B&M Bridge has stopped this alleged exportation of bulk U.S. currency without meeting proper reporting requirements,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.

–South Texas Tribune,


Mom Says It’s Not Wrong for Toddler to be Inhaling Pot Smoke

CORPUS CHRISTI–A 19-year-old mom tells Corpus Christi Police it’s not wrong for her young child to be inhaling marijuana smoke inside a car.

Police pulled over a car driven by Rosalie Leal, and two passengers, Sergio Franco, 17, and Ariana Pena, 18, after an officer smelled a strong odor of burning marijuana coming from a car on Sunday night.

The officer reported all three were smoking marijuana in the car when he pulled them over on the 4800 block of Weber on the southside of the city.

Inside the car, Leal’s one-year-old daughter was being forced to inhale the marijuana smoke. Leal told police she didn’t think it was wrong the child was inhaling the smoke from the drug.

All three were charged with possession of marijuana, while Leal faced an additionally charge of endangering a child. They were taken to the city jail.

–South Texas Tribune,


Border Patrol Seizes Five Tons of Drugs Over Weekend

EDINBURG–U.S. Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley seized more than five tons of narcotics worth more than $8 million.

The largest seizures occurred Saturday evening when agents working in Starr County near La Casita saw several people load large bundles into a van near Rio Grande.

As the agents approached, the van tried to drive away. Agents set out a tire deflation device and disabled the vehicle, at which time the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled.

Inside the van, agents found close to 1,000 pounds of marijuana with a value of more than $790,000.

In another incident, agents were patrolling in Rio Grande City when they spotted several people walking away from the river with large bundles on their backs.

As agents identified themselves, the smugglers dropped their load and ran toward the river.  Agents recovered close to 550 pounds of marijuana with a value of more than $425,000.

–South Texas Tribune,


Two South Texas Men Sentenced in Drug Trafficking Case

COPPUS CHRISTI–Two leaders of drug trafficking and money laundering operation were sentenced to long prison sentences in a federal courtroom in Corpus Christi.

United States District Judge Hayden Head sentenced Marin Herrera, 57, of McAllen, and Omar Alvarez, 38, of Sullivan City for their involvement in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and launder the drug proceeds.

Herrera was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each of two counts of conviction to be followed by a five-year-term of supervised release and fined him $25,000.

Alvarez was given a 15 year prison sentence followed by a five-year-term of supervised release and also fined him $25,000.

The court granted the government’s motions to forfeit the interest of these men in 77 pieces of real property, which were either acquired with or used to facilitate their crimes. The properties which now belong to the United States include a subdivision in McAllen, which was used to launder illegal drug proceeds, two lots and two residences.

Herrera pleaded guilty in last September to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments from 2006 to 2010.

Alvarez pleaded guilty in January of last year to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

Herrera and Alvarez occupied positions as leaders of a drug trafficking and money laundering organization that distributed more than 300 kilograms of cocaine from January 2006 to June 2010, with distribution points in Miami, Fla., Chicago, Ill., Atlanta, Ga., and Houston.

The organization also laundered more than $4 million in United States currency during the same time period.

Herrera used his two Corpus Christi area real estate businesses – New Millenium Developers LLC and Herrera Property & Investments – to launder the drug proceeds for the drug organization with which he worked.

Alvarez used one of his residences in Sullivan City, Texas, as a trans-shipment location for this organization’s cocaine and drug proceeds.

–South Texas Tribune,


Corpus Christi PD Arrested Couple on Assault Call

CORPUS CHRISTI–Corpus Christi Police report a man is beating up a woman, but they must threaten her with a taser so they can arrest him on criminal charges.

Officers responded to Woodbury Place Apartments for an assault in progress on Monday morning. A witness told officers she saw a Hispanic male hit a Hispanic female and drag her into one of the apartments.

The officers tried to contact the couple, but no one answered the door. They could hear Debra Dimas, 21, yelling at Daniel Cantu, 25, to get off her from inside the apartment.

They had to break the sliding glass door and enter the apartment to stop the assault.  While Cantu was being taken into custody,  Dimas kept pulling at the officers as she tried to keep them from arresting the suspect.

Dimas was only kept at bay with the threat of being tasered. Cantu was arrested after a brief struggle with police.

Both, Dimas and Cantu were transported and booked at the city jail. Cantu was charged with assault, unlawful restraint and resisting arrest, while Dimas was charged with interference with public duties and resisting arrest.

–South Texas Tribune,


Five Found in Stolen Vehicle in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI–Five people are caught nearly nine hours after they stole a car with a gun inside of it from a Corpus Christi home.

Police responded to a home on the 500 block of Hancock around 2 on Sunday morning and found out a 2004 Avalanche was taken from the home. The car owner reported a handgun was inside the car.

Dispatchers put a BOLO or a to be on the lookout for the car for officers on patrol in the area.

Nine hours later, an officer pulled over the stolen vehicle with a several people inside the car, including juveniles.

Officers took the 15-year-old driver  into custody. A female passenger, Lechel Booker, an 18-year-old passenger, was found to have a Nueces County warrant for violation of probation and was arrested.

Another female passenger 14-years-old was found as an active runaway and was transported home along with her other 14-year-old twin sister.

A rear passenger, a 16-year-old boy, was reported as an active runaway out of San Benito. This teenager also had a warrant for a probation violation for unauthorized use of motor vehicle.

The Avalanche was recovered and returned to Mueller. The handgun was also recovered and released to the victim.

–South Texas Tribune,