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.

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...

Mexican nationals accused of smuggling ammo set for detention hearing

Complaint: During the inspection of the vehicles, CBP officers discovered packages containing four different types of ammunition.

Man accused of murders in Venezuela pleads guilty to gun charges

For his alleged crimes in his home country, Venezuela requested that Interpol place him on its international alert, specifically on its “Red Notice” alert, “the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today,” according to Interpol’s website.

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...