Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro

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Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro covers immigration and federal courts for The Monitor. He can be reached at lzazueta@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4452.

UPDATE: If unchanged, wall bill may spare environmentally sensitive areas locally

Details of the 1,159-page border wall bill became public just before midnight Wednesday, and will spare environmentally sensitive areas in the Rio Grande Valley...

Gov’t opposes Delgado’s motion to change trial venue

McALLEN — The government responded Monday to a former state district judge’s motion for reconsideration, which requests that the court rethink its October 2018...

Former La Joya police chief’s bond revoked for social media posts

McALLEN — A former Rio Grande Valley police chief was remanded into custody after a federal judge found he had violated terms of his...

Butterfly center attorneys file temporary restraining order against government

MISSION — Attorneys for the National Butterfly Center have filed a temporary restraining order to prevent the federal government from beginning construction on its...

Mexican nationals sentenced in drug conspiracy case

McALLEN — Last week a pair of Mexican nationals received their punishment in connection with a conspiracy to transport cocaine through a port of...

‘State of the border’: New RGV chief patrol agent holds agency’s inaugural address

MISSION — U.S. Border Patrol’s new chief patrol agent for the Rio Grande Valley sector used the agency’s first state of the border address...

Pilot pleads guilty in human smuggling case at Weslaco airport

McALLEN — Federal agents in early November 2018 arrested a pilot attempting to transport a group of Central Americans from a local airport here...

Access granted: Court grants government right of entry on La Lomita Chapel property

McALLEN — Standing outside the entrance of the federal courthouse here Wednesday, Father Roy Snipes of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church remained optimistic in...

Court grants right of entry access to survey historic La Lomita Chapel

McALLEN — A judge this morning ruled in favor of granting the federal government right of entry to the La Lomita Chapel property, access...

Kentucky woman pleads guilty in Fentanyl smuggling case

McALLEN — During secondary inspection of a pedestrian at a port of entry, federal officers discovered nearly 2,000 pills of Fentanyl within a Kentucky...