19 June, 2011

Mission PD: U.S. law enforcement exchanges fire with gunmen across border

Mission PD: U.S. law enforcement exchanges fire with gunmen across border

June 19, 2011 2:38 PM
Dave Hendricks
The Monitor

MISSION — Drug smugglers opened fire on U.S. law enforcement officers Sunday morning near the Anzalduas International Bridge after Mission police intercepted a 500-pound load of marijuana, police Chief Leo Longoria said.

U.S. law enforcement officers shot back, Longoria said, and no injuries were reported. Details remained hazy Sunday afternoon, and Longoria couldn’t give further information about the brief shootout.
Six police units, several more from the Department of Public Safety and a Border Patrol helicopter were called to assist. As the pickup fled, a green Chevrolet Avalanche with a young woman behind the wheel began harassing officers, Longoria said.

"She went head-on toward a police vehicle," Longoria said. "We're trying to see what her intent was, but obviously it was a very reckless action on her part."
Curious as Bordeland Beat just reported about it being safe to go back in the water as "Tourism rebounds on violence-marred border lake".

Nope, no spillover here, nothing to see, move along, go catch some fish...


I knew I had forgotten to mention another story from down on the Lower RGV this week and that is the son of the Mayor oh Pharr, Texas was popped at Falfurrias with 114 POUNDS of dope in his trunk.
Pharr mayor's son caught with 114 pounds of pot at checkpoint
Comments 53
June 17, 2011 10:16 PM

Jared Taylor and Naxiely Lopez
The Monitor

FALFURRIAS — Federal agents arrested the Pharr mayor’s son after they found more than 114 pounds of marijuana inside his vehicle.

U.S. Border Patrol arrested Leo Palacios III after he pulled up to the Highway 281 checkpoint south of Falfurrias about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a criminal complaint. After a secondary inspection, they found the pot stashed in his Mercedes E320 sedan’s trunk.

Palacios, who lives in Austin and is son of the Pharr mayor of the same name, claimed he was in the Rio Grande Valley on business.

“I did not know anything about this,” the mayor said. “All I know was that he was arrested for possession. He hasn’t called me or anything.

Agents say they were about to release Palacios from the checkpoint when he started moving his car forward slowly.

Agents tapped the side of his car and waved their hands while telling him to stop, the complaint states. Other agents yelled at him to stop and he finally complied.

A drug dog alerted to the trunk of Palacios’ car and agents asked him to move it to secondary inspection. Palacios asked the agents why he needed the inspection, saying he didn’t see the dog do anything. Another agent commanded him to move the car to secondary and Palacios complied.
Oh, and read the comments as some are just too funny- for example:

10:28 PM on June 17, 2011

This comes as a total surprise to us also Polo. Oh wait, look up there, a flying cow."

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