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.

Mexican man who tried using tractor to smuggle cocaine pleads guilty

In all, CBP officers found 60 packages from the interior walls of the tractor trailer’s cabin, with an approximate weight of 75 kilograms, the court record shows.

Fourth man in gun case pleads guilty

The defendant was one of four people indicted in August 2017 in connection with a gun smuggling conspiracy.

Heavy sentence for Mission man caught in drug conspiracy

ICYMI: Drug conspiracy sought to transport meth from the Rio Grande Valley to West Memphis, Arkansas, according to the criminal complaint.

RGC mother, daughter plead guilty to smuggling charges

ICYMI: Edna Yaritza Zamarripa and her mother, Consuelo Teresita Ramirez Zamarripa, each pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition from the U.S. into Mexico

Pharr auto dealer strikes plea deal in federal fraud case

Our most-read online story from Tuesday: The government indicted the 70-year-old Pharr man last December on a total of 25 counts of fraud — 16 counts of wire fraud, eight counts of mail fraud, and one count of bank fraud in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud banks to obtain credit.

Duo accused of selling citizenship docs pleaded guilty

McALLEN — A pair of defendants accused of promising citizenship and other “sensitive” documents in exchange for money will avoid trial after pleading guilty...

Brownsville man gets 30 months in grenade smuggling case

McALLEN — One of two Brownsville men who admitted to participating in a scheme to smuggle a grenade launcher into Mexico has been sentenced...

Surveyors spotted near National Butterfly Center as border barrier construction looms

MISSION — Workers were seen surveying land near and around the National Butterfly Center here just two weeks after millions in contracts were awarded...

Convicted felon pleads guilty in federal gun case

The 32-year-old man, who also goes by the alias “Cuco,” pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony burglary charge and received a 160-day state jail sentence, court records show.

Trial for ex-bailiff accused in cocaine conspiracy delayed

McALLEN — The trial of a former Hidalgo County bailiff accused of playing a role in a drug conspiracy will be delayed at least...

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