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South Texas Tribune Headlines for April 14

Here are the stories we are working on for the next edition of the South Texas Tribune

1) Kingsville Mother Pleads Guilty in Toddler Death

2) Woman Stabs Husband in Corpus Christi

3) Domestic Dispute Leads to Shooting in Portland

4) Drug and Human Smugglers Caught in South Texas

5) Border Patrol Seizes $8.5 Million in Upper Rio Grande Valley

These stories will be posted soon on the South Texas Tribune at http://www.southtexastribune.com


Two Teens Busted Smuggling Immigrants in Brownsville


Alejandro Bautista-Faustino Booking Photo

BROWNSVILLE–For the second time in two weeks, some teens have been arrested smuggling immigrants around in the Southmost area of Brownsville.

Alejandro Bautista-Faustino, 17, and a 15-year-old were attempting to smuggle three undocumented immigrants on Calle Milpa Verde Road on Wednesday.

Bautista-Faustino was arrested on three counts of unlawful transport of a person and taken to the Cameron County Jail.

Meanwhile, the other teen was taken to the juvenile justice center in Cameron County.

Court records show the two were trying to smuggle people in from El Salvador and Honduras. Border Patrol agents caught them after a short foot pursuit.

Last week in the same area, 17-year-old Edgar Gutierrez was arrested for trying to smuggle in six undocumented immigrants in the same area.

According to court records, Gutierrez reported he was paid $100 per person to lead them across the border.

Normally, suspects arrested for this crime face federal charges, but because they are under 18, they instead are charged in state court.

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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National Park Wants New Building to Help Fight Drugs and Illegals Smuggling

Drugs and Illegal Immigrants Smuggling is a problem at Padre Island Nat'l Seashore

CORPUS CHRISTI–Problems with drug and illegal immigrant smuggling are forcing Padre Island National Seashore officials to request a new building to help fight the illegal activity.

It’s long been reported while the national park around Corpus Christi is pristine, but it’s also a haven for smuggling activities for smugglers.

Park Rangers won’t acknowledge how serious the problem is at Padre Island National Seashore, but it’s has gotten the attention as six new rangers were added to deal with the problem in recent years.

In a letter for an environmental impact study to build a new law enforcement building, park officials cite smuggling has risen dramatically in the last few years and has become a threat for violence against visitors and staff.

ICE Agents and Drug Enforcement Agency Officers report this is a corridor for smuggling of illegals and drugs. They routinely conduct operations on the beach to try to stem the smuggling activity.

Park officials said the building needs to be built after the original building was destroyed in a fire in 2005. Since then, they have been in a modular building to house park rangers and other staff.

If built the letter states: the building would improve the work conditions for staff, create a secure location for law enforcement functions,and protect valuable law enforcement equipment and vehicles from criminal activity and the high saline environment.

The public has until February 7 to submit comments. Here’s a link to the document http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkID=86&projectID=32246

You can send public comments to the following location:

Contact Information
Padre Island National Seashore
Superintendent Joe Escoto
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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South Texas Crime/Court News

John Parks is missing in Matamoros

BROWNSVILLE–A Rio Grande Valley man who lives in Matamoros has been missing for more than a month now.

John Parks, 40, used to call his mother in Harlingen and his business partner from McAllen on a regular basis, but hasn’t been since November 4th.

It’s believed he was in an area where there was violence and gunfire in Matamoros before he went missing in early November. His family and business partner are concerned about him and his safety.

The U.S. Consulate in Matamoros is aware of case and they are working to find him in the Mexican border city. 


PORTLAND–Five more people are arrested for their roles in a human smuggling case out of San Patricio County in the town of Portland, Texas.

Ana Martinez, April Stevens, Alejandro Hernandez, Pedro Vargas and Jesus Alcala-Mendoza are accused of helping four others, including a Portland firefighter, smuggle immigrants, take them to stash houses and transport the undocumented immigrants to other cities.

Federal authorities raided a home three weeks ago and busted an operation that had been going on for nearly 20 years. Peter Jones, 26, a Portland firefighter, Lorena Martinez, 36,  Beatriz Rodriguez, 39, and Josesantos Zacarias, 42, were arrested in the human smuggling case. 

They also charged Jones, Martinez and Rodriguez with money laundering and failing to report the income to the federal government.

Investigators seized $21,000 in cash and financial documents that showed evidence of the operation.

Peter Jones, 26, a Portland firefighter, Lorena Martinez, 36,  Beatriz Rodriguez, 39, and  Jose Santos Zacarias, 42, were indicted for running an immigrant smuggling operation. Jones, Martinez and Rodriguez were also charged with failing to report income and try to hide it from the U.S. government.

In the indictment, prosecutors filed paperwork to seize the properties raided at 4654 Dodd in Corpus Christi and 1101 Polaris in Portland because they believe the residents used the proceeds from this criminal operation to buy the homes.

A domestic disturbance in Corpus Christi leads to an arrest of a 28-year-old for causing damage to her husband’s work van.

Police said Monica Lopez was in an argument with her partner when she grabbed a hammer and started smashing his van’s windows with a hammer. It caused about $2,000 in damage.

They also said she broke into the house and smashed a flat screen tv with the hammer.

Lopez claimed she was a victim of domestic violence and was hit in the face by her husband.

The company who owned the van told officers they wanted to file charges. So Lopez was charged with felony criminal mischief.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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