Statewide News

“Shrek” receives significant sentence in Operation El Patron

Oscar DeLeon, aka “Shrek,” 39, of Laredo, has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $42 million following multiple convictions of drug and international money laundering charges resulting from a lo

Master Naturalist Program will be conducting training classes for volunteers at RGV chapter

Sixteen chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program will be conducting training classes in the coming spring and summer months for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management.

TxDOT reminds Texans to give the gift of a sober ride this holiday season

As holiday festivities get into full swing, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay safe and sober when traveling to and from parties and other celebrations.

Mexican National indicted in death of two smuggled aliens

A grand jury in has returned an indictment charging Amurabi Medina-Cruz, 21, with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens and eight counts of transporting an illegal alien, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Texas sets annual job growth record for fourth month in a row

Continuing its momentum of strong job growth, Texas added 34,800 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in November, for a total of 441,200 jobs added since last year.

Governor Perry helps announce acquisition of Texas biotech firm

Gov. Rick Perry today helped announce the acquisition of Kalon Biotherapeutics LLC by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corp.

Ten sentenced for involvement in Aryan Brotherhood of Texas racketeering conspiracy

Ten Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang members and associates were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in the violent ABT enterprise, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

Laredo man sentenced to prison for fleeing from federal officers

Yozeth Muniz aka Eric Garcia and Paul Muniz has been ordered to prison for three years for resisting arrest and obstructing federal officers, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Muniz, 27, of Laredo, pleaded guilty May 14, 2013.

Phone scam claims immediate payment of overdue bills or child support

The Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has opened a criminal investigation into an apparent identity theft ring that is claiming to be either a governmental or debt collection agency in an attempt to steal state residents’ persona

U.S. seizes investment account of former Mexican governor’s political appointee

An investment account in McAllen alleged to be owned by Homero De La Garza Tamez has been seized as a result of an the efforts of a multi-agency Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, announced U.S.

Former high school teacher sentenced for possession child pornography

Thomas David Thompson, 65, of Corpus Christi, has been sentenced for possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. He pleaded guilty Aug. 29, 2014.

Felon pleads guilty to possessing firearms and more than 200 rounds of ammunition

Pedro Rodriguez III, 25, of Laredo, has entered a guilty plea to being a felon in possession of multiple firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Ignite Public Schools identified for mandatory revocation under SB 2

The Texas Education Agency has identified 14 open-enrollment charter schools that meet the legislative criteria for mandatory revocation of their charter under Senate Bill 2.

Border Patrol sees trend of speaker box smuggling in Falfurrias

Border Patrol Agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint intercepted to cases of smugglers using speaker boxes to hide people. 

Four new canine teams join DPS crime fighting efforts

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today graduated four troopers and canines from an eight-week training program.