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.

Jurors find former police chief guilty in drug trafficking case

McALLEN — After three hours of deliberations Thursday, jurors convicted a former lawman on drug trafficking charges after a little more than three days...

Attorneys rest as deliberations in Hernandez trial expected

McALLEN — Former La Joya police chief Geovani Hernandez was accused Wednesday of helping local criminals in drug rips on several occasions, according to...

Ex-lawman accused in testimony of handing over badge to informant

McALLEN — Testimony during the second day of trial in the case of a former Rio Grande Valley lawman accused of attempting to work...

Testimony: Ex-police chief helped cartel to fund campaign

McALLEN — An ex-police chief from the Rio Grande Valley worked for Gulf Cartel associates in part to fund a campaign to become a...

UPDATED: Off-duty Border Patrol agent accused of attempted murder

EDINBURG — Residents of a quiet neighborhood near Freddy Gonzalez Drive and McColl Road were awakened here to several loud bangs in the wee...

Woman sentenced for hiding cocaine in gas tank

McALLEN — A search of a Mexican woman’s vehicle’s gas tank led to the discovery of more than 24 kilos of cocaine and several...

RGC man who claimed marijuana ‘appeared’ in vehicle pleads guilty

McALLEN — A Rio Grande City man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal drug charge after originally claiming that more than 230 pounds of...

Healthcare fraud suspects appear in court; accused of billing Medicaid $1.5M

McALLEN — The owner and an employee of a now-closed durable medical equipment, or DME business each made their first appearance before a federal...

San Juan felon to spend 46 months in prison for federal firearms violation

McALLEN — The private purchase of firearms will cost a San Juan man more than three years in federal prison, according to court records...

Valley residents indicted on health care fraud charges

McALLEN — Two Rio Grande Valley residents have been indicted on fraud charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern...