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.

Woman in human smuggling case sentenced to time served

McALLEN — A woman from the Houston area will be required to serve a month of home confinement for her role in an attempted...

Second defendant in straw purchase case pleads guilty

McALLEN — The second of three defendants in a straw purchase case pleaded guilty Thursday, court records show. During a re-arraignment hearing, U.S. District Judge...

Previously convicted smuggler pleads guilty

McALLEN — A previously convicted felon pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with a human and drug smuggling case, court notes show. Last month, Reynaldo Capetillo’s...

Border apprehensions slightly up in April

McALLEN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they arrested more than 100,000 people surrendering at the U.S.-Mexico border for the second straight...

Woman in mother-son smuggling case pleads guilty

McALLEN — A U.S. citizen residing in Reynosa, Tamaulipas pleaded guilty to an import charge last week in connection with her arrest along with...

Mexican man pleads guilty in meth, coke drug smuggling case

McALLEN — A Mexican national who played a role in a drug conspiracy to move cocaine and methamphetamine to Atlanta pleaded guilty last week,...

Smuggler pleads guilty in deadly harboring case

McALLEN — A 20-year-old Mexican national pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court for his role in a smuggling case that resulted in the death...

Peñitas incumbents reelected

In Peñitas, incumbents Rodrigo “Rigo” Lopez, Jose Roel “J.R.” Flores and Ramiro Loya — running on the “Peñ1tas” slate, an offshoot of Team L1berty,...

Woman guilty of structuring $84,000 in deposits

After a two-day trial, a jury found a McAllen woman guilty of attempting to structure more than $80,000 in bank deposits in an effort...

Pharr man gets 6 years in liquid meth case

McALLEN — A federal judge sentenced a man involved in attempting to smuggle more than 50 kilos of liquid methamphetamine through a port of...