POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 9:47am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 9:47am
RIO GRANDE VALLEY (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — 42 year old Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon one of the highest ranking members of the Gulf Cartel, has been ordered to federal prison for life following his convictions related to a large drug trafficking conspiracy.
In Brownsville U.S.. District Judge Hilda Tagle, who presided over the trial, ordered Rincon to serve a life sentence in federal prison. The US Attorney’s office says that Rincon Rincon was in control of around 20 million pounds of marijuana. His sentence was enhanced because Rincon-Rincon used dangerous weapons such as grenades, rocket launchers, homemade cannons and automatic weapons during the conspiracy.
The search continues for former Hidalgo county district clerk Omar Guerrero wanted on a sexual assault charge.
Tuesday three suspects were court facing a judge for hindering prosecution and helping Guerrero flee to Mexico.
The hidalgo county sheriff's department says they're concerned because Guerrero is a threat to minor aged girls.
They're bond was set at $250,000.
A San Benito man pleaded guilty two murders in Harlingen.
Jose Luis Vega pleaded guilty to the murders Augustine Gonzalez and and Edgar Villanueva on July 31st, 2010. Vega was sentenced to 40 years
Prosecutors say both victims were shot and killed by Vega.
Gonzalez’s sister was in the courtroom for the sentencing and says 40 years is not enough for her brother’s life.
Friends and loved ones continue to mourn a soldier killed in Afghanistan.
The body of army specialist Kevin Cardoza arrived in Pharr Tuesday.
Cardoza was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
The memorial followed a parade earlier in the day that visited several schools including ones in his hometown of Mercedes.
A border patrol canine is recovering and resting after a stabbing. A two and a half year old German shepherd had a two inch stab wound in the back of her neck. The incident happened during an arrest on Sunday but after surgery she's doing better and will be back on the front lines in a few days.