A U.S. Border Patrol agent fired his service weapon at several alleged
drug smugglers who were throwing rocks at him and another agent.
The incident happened at around 7 p.m. Monday near the B&M
International Bridge in Brownsville, said Border Patrol spokeswoman
The agents were patrolling when they encountered several people who
appeared to be carrying bundles of marijuana, authorities said.
When the agents confronted the individuals, they began throwing rocks
at the agents, Huey said.
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EDINBURG - Five Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office employees are no
longer employed after an internal investigation.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino announced the four terminations
and resignation in a news release Monday morning.
The dismissals come after a round of drug tests at the Sheriff's
Citing privacy concerns, Trevino would not confirm the five employees
failed drug tests. Sources familiar with the situation said the
deputies had failed their drug tests.
Deputy Amando Guerra resigned amid the internal investigation. Deputy
David Ortiz was terminated.
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Sentenced to several years in state prison for a drug conviction,
Graciano Castaneda instinctively knew he needed to belong to a group
to survive the prison system, which he described as a dangerous
society for those that enter alone.
Castaneda, who spent eight year in prison in the 1990s for two drug
convictions, had an older brother in the Mexican Mafia, a notorious
Later in his life, he would lose the mother of his children to the
Mexican Mafia. A high-ranking member of the gang ordered her murder.
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Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested last week on
federal drug charges for dealing a large amount of drugs in the
Chicago,Ill., area. One of Hurd's contacts, who met with informants,
was employed at a business in Coppell.
Hurd's contact, who goes by the name of T.L., is a co-conspirator,
according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and
Customs Enforcement. According to court documents, T.L. was employed
at a repair shop in Coppell and conducted deals with informants
multiple times in Coppell over a five-month period.
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Re: Dec. 8 Suzanne Wills commentary, "We lost the war on drugs."
This commentary is a wonderful summation of all the ills caused by
the so-called war on drugs. I am a Christian, a retired prison
chaplain and the mother of a son who has had a long battle with
drugs. I can speak from very close and personal experience. It is bad
enough when a loved one is already a victim of what he thought was
something good, but to be treated as a criminal because of it adds
insult to injury. Between 85 and 90 percent of Americans claim to be
Christians. When are those people going to wise up and realize that
the drug war is destroying our youth far more than the drugs? We have
created the drug cartels just as Prohibition created the mafia.
Please keep running this kind of article. Maybe bit by bit some will listen.
Martha J. Walker
Re: Dec. 8 Suzanne Wills commentary, "We lost the war on drugs."
Thanks American Statesman for publishing this timely, enlightened
It is morally bankrupt to punish nonviolent adults for making a safer
health choice, cannabis or marijuana, compared to other legal
medicinal or social drugs. Regulate cannabis like alcohol and tobacco
or just reclassify it as the herbal supplement it is scientifically.
The people believe in self-government and self-medication.
Less than 1 percent of Americans are actually addicted to anything
illegal. Incarceration costs seven times treatment. Restore public and
law enforcement safety. Change to ethical policy and show fiscal
responsibility. Use resources to catch more violent and sexual
predators, or incarcerate people who are morally bankrupt, selling
drugs to children or driving intoxicated. Save lives instead of
ruining them. Restore justice, the guardian of liberty.
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK - The bloody drug war in Mexico shows no sign
of relenting. Neither do calls for tighter border security amid rising
fears of spillover violence.
This hardly seems a time the U.S. would be willing to allow people to
cross the border legally from Mexico without a customs officer in
sight. But in this rugged, remote West Texas terrain where wading
across the shallow Rio Grande undetected is all too easy, federal
authorities are touting a proposal to open an unmanned port of entry
as a security upgrade.
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Two associates of a Gulf Cartel "plaza boss" pleaded guilty to giving
false statements to federal agents, according to court documents.
Francisco Javier Escalante Jimenez and German Alejandro Huizar
Marroquin appeared in federal court Tuesday morning, and agreed to
cooperate with law enforcement in exchange for leniency in sentencing,
the plea agreement states.
Authorities arrested the men in Port Isabel this October with Rafael
Cardenas Vela, an alleged Gulf Cartel leader in Matamoros.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment in November that alleged
Jimenez and Marroquin lied to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
agents about the true identity of Cardenas Vela, who is accused of
managing drug distribution cells for the Gulf Cartel.
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Beginning next spring, all of Denison Independent School District's
athletes will be tested for drug use, but district officials stressed
that the purpose of the policy is not punitive.
"We want to give (students) a reason to say no to the peer pressure
that they face on a daily basis," Assistant Superintendent George
Hatfield said to the board on Tuesday. The board voted unanimously -
with Vice President Bruce Hysmith and member Doug Holzbog absent - to
approve the policy.
The policy will require all 7th through 12th grade athletes and
cheerleaders and their parents to consent to testing before the
students can participate in the activities. Initially everyone in the
programs will be tested. Then 7th grade, 9th grade, and all new
athletes must take an initial drug test. Additionally, every six
weeks, a random group of students, between 5 and 20 percent, will be
tested. Once a student tests positive, that student will be tested
every six weeks for a year.
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The Denison School Board will likely at its board meeting on Tuesday
set in motion the start of construction at Hyde Park, Lamar and Mayes
With the drawings done, the board will at 6:30 p.m. consider
guaranteed maximum prices for these schools. The meeting will be in
the Board Room, 1201 S. Rusk Ave.
The prices will be the absolute most the district can expect to pay
for the projects. Meeting documents state that the actual guaranteed
maximum prices will be distributed at the meeting with a
recommendation provided then.
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Grayson County Sheriff's Office is awaiting the final toxicology
results regarding the death of Eric Del Hand, 26, who died at a local
hospital Wednesday after being transported there from the Grayson
Sheriff's Office Sgt. Rickey Wheeler said that Mr. Hand had been
arrested by Denison police at 7:15 p.m. on outstanding warrants and
taken to the Denison city jail. He was transferred to the Grayson
County Jail at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday. There, he was placed in a holding
cell until 9:30 p.m., when the jail corrections officers began the
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BONHAM - The Fannin County Sheriff's Office was still searching late
Saturday for a man who escaped custody last Wednesday.
Fannin County Sheriff Donnie Foster reported that [name redacted],
33, managed to climb through the back-seat window on a
patrol car after being handcuffed and placed under arrest. Foster said
officials believe the suspect possibly ran to a nearby residence and
may have been taken from that area in a vehicle, thereby avoiding the
The Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators obtained and executed a
search and arrest warrant on a home in Bonham, with the help of Bonham
police, which had been the target of a narcotics investigation. Foster
said the suspect, a woman, and two toddler-age children were home. The
search uncovered a cache of marijuana, cash, and a handgun and a large
amount of ammunition, which Foster said is indicative of drug
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HUNTSVILLE -- The use, manufacturing and selling of methamphetamines is
the latest drug epidemic to plague this country and like it is in a
lot of areas, there is a growing problem in Walker County.
Meth, as it is known on the streets, is a psychoactive drug that
increases alertness, concentration, energy and could enhance euphoria.
It is highly addictive and easy to make, which are two of the reasons
as to why it is becoming increasingly popular for both users and dealers.
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Ex-Inmate Describes Seeing Corruption, Killing, Beatings
A U.S. citizen from the El Paso area, recently freed from a Mexican
prison in Ciudad Juarez, said he witnessed government corruption,
heard the killing of a gang leader by federal police, and personally
watched a controversial police chief beat inmates with a two-by-four.
The firsthand account by Shohn Huckabee, 24, provides a rare view
into life behind bars and reaffirms allegations made by thousands of
Mexican prisoners, whose complaints often go nowhere. The allegations
also raise questions about how much Mexico has done to improve its
weak judicial system, one of the goals of U.S. aid under the Merida
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When President Richard Nixon created the Drug Enforcement
Administration by executive order 40 years ago, the promise was a
diminishing market for illegal drugs and a decrease in crime and
violence. The reality has been much different.
In the early 1970s very few Americans had ever used an Illegal drug.
Now nearly half of us have. Illegal drugs are available to anyone
willing to pursue them.
The violence in producing countries in Central and South America and
transit countries such as Mexico and the Caribbean has increased to
the point that it threatens the stability of some governments.
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For the past few days, a Texas Department of Public Safety task force
has been in Grayson and Cooke counties to assist the locally-assigned
troopers with traffic enforcement. One of the results is the arrest of
a Tulsa man on a charge of money laundering.
DPS Trooper Mark Tackett said that troopers stopped 37-year-old
Stephen Chappelle on a traffic violation. Chappelle was going south on
U.S. Highway 75 about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. During the traffic stop,
troopers became suspicious, or as Tackett put it, "noticed something
was not right." They asked for consent to search the vehicle, and
Chappelle denied that request. So, the troopers used a
specially-trained police dog who conducted an open-air search around
the vehicle and indicated there was something not right.
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The international drug trade has always had a currency problem. The
more aggressive an illicit organization becomes at moving narcotics
into the U.S., the more cash it accumulates. At some point, all those
dollars have to be processed or the business chokes on its own sordid success.
Federal investigators for years have employed the old dictum - follow
the money - but with a twist. At some point in the hunt for the
really bad guys at the top, agents sometimes become custodians of the
cash, picking it up in great bundles, depositing it in accounts and
then watching as the drug underworld moves the millions earned on the streets.
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In 1913, El Paso became one of the first cities to ban marijuana.
Other communities soon followed suit, and by 1937 the drug was banned
by the federal government. The drive to prohibit marijuana was not
motivated by efforts to reduce dependence, improve health outcomes or
alleviate criminal activity in the general population. Its
prohibition has a much more dubious provenance in the fears and
prejudices that accompanied growing Mexican migration at the
beginning of the 20th century.
That march towards marijuana prohibition has helped create a
lucrative marijuana economy. Mexican drug cartels smuggle many things
into the US, but marijuana is the most profitable portion of the
cartel's portfolio. Marijuana has the larger customer base with the
most stable demand and steady prices. And, the Mexican cartels own
the value of the marijuana from farm to market.
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Regarding "Rare public divide between police, DA" (Page A1,
Wednesday), cheers for Pat Lykos and her efforts to move Houston law
enforcement toward a more productive use of time and money.
National polls for decades have shown the general public wants more
attention paid to violent crime, drunk drivers, child abusers and the
like, as opposed to arrests of people not shown to have harmed anyone
but who simply possessed minor amounts of illegal drugs.
Most of these arrests are for marijuana, a drug that is not only much
less dangerous than alcohol, but one that tends to suppress the
violent behavior more strongly correlated with alcohol than with any
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FORT WORTH -- Struggling economies, drug violence along the
U.S./Mexico border and immigration are great challenges vexing today's
global leaders and young people must step from the sidelines to become
future pioneers with solutions, former Mexican president Vicente Fox
told hundreds of high school and college students Wednesday at Texas
"Today, it's time for leaders," Fox told a crowd that included high
school students from across North Texas. "You will have to build that
future that is coming."
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