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.

‘Amazing people:’ Pimentel credits Valley’s humanitarianism accommodating migrants

“It’s beautiful to see our community in the Rio Grande Valley so ready to help a human who is suffering and hurting and needs help."

South Texas congressmen sworn in

Following an en masse oath of office, Reps. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, were sworn into the 116th Congress...

Rep. Vela to propose $4 billion in funds for border security infrastructure at ports

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, and other Democratic congressmen plan on introducing legislation Thursday to reopen the government, according to a news release. As Democrats...

200 months for Mexican man who ‘orchestrated’ meth smuggling

In an unsealed criminal complaint filed May 23, 2017, government prosecutors alleged that the Mexican national coordinated the smuggling of more than 26 kilos of meth into the United States through a local port of entry in Pharr on July 25, 2015.

Heartbreak, hope resonate for refugees in respite center on Christmas

BY LORENZO ZAZUETA-CASTRO AND DANIEL A. FLORES STAFF WRITERS McALLEN — This is the first Christmas since her youngest daughter was born that she wasn’t going...

McAllen man accused in drug conspiracy gets 87 months

McALLEN — A McAllen man found in possession of heroin and “bulk” cash was sentenced Thursday on a drug conspiracy charge, records show. U.S. District...

‘Free’ car from smuggler lands Pharr woman in prison

Edith Arehli Salinas was sentenced to 46 months in prison.

RGC man, owner of medical equipment company indicted on fraud charges

Omar Cuate Canales’ indictment comes on the heels of two other convictions related to healthcare fraud just this week.

Operator of medical equipment company sentenced on fraud charges

Docs: Man defrauded Medicaid program of more than $1.5 million.

Ex-Pharr official gets 22 months in fraud case

McALLEN — A former city of Pharr commissioner will serve a 22-month prison sentence for his role in a healthcare fraud scheme that defrauded...