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Groups unite to aid human trafficking victims

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Actresses portray victims of human trafficking in a skit titled “Portrayal of a Trafficker” on Wednesday at Café Mayapan. The actresses are Becky Alvarado, Rocio Chacon and Maria Baker.

 

Three local nonprofit organizations announced Wednesday that they are teaming up to provide better care and more services to human trafficking survivors in the El Paso area.

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The El Paso Child Guidance Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso and the Center of Hope are launching the El Paso Collaboration to Mentor and Support Child Victims of Sex Trafficking in order to increase access to …………. read more here.

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Arrest made in connection with missing funds in La Grulla

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LA GRULLA — A city employee has been charged in connection with missing cash from La Grulla City Hall offices.

Elizabeth Ibarra, 27, of Rio Grande City, was arrested Thursday morning in connection with a probe into the missing cash, Starr County Attorney Victor Canales said.

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On Jan. 11, officials with the city of La Grulla reached out to local police, who then sought the county attorney’s office investigators to look into the matter.

Canales said Ibarra, who works as an ……… read more here

by Lorenzo Zazueta

Man dies in shootout in Nuevo Laredo

A man died Monday in an armed confrontation with federal forces in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, according to reports.

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Tamaulipas authorities said the shooting occurred at about 3 a.m. by the intersection of Carretera Aeropuerto and Bulevar Universidad in the………. read more here.

By César G. Rodriguez
Laredo Morning Times

DA: Tip leads to 4000 rounds of ammo, cartel smuggling station

Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz holds up one of two body armors seized Tuesday alongside packets of ammunition and marijuana.

 

Investigators with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday seized more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition from an undisclosed location in Brownsville.

Authorities believe the ammunition was bound for Mexico.

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According to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office, authorities acting on a ………… read more here.

by LAURA B.MARTINEZ Staff Writer

U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine team intercepted 20 pounds of cocaine

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HIDALGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted 20 pounds of alleged cocaine at the Hidalgo International Bridge on Jan. 17 after the 48-year-old driver was referred to …… read more here. 

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3 Texas Democrats in Lawsuit Claiming Voter Fraud, and Texas’ Attorney General is Investigating

 

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EL PASO, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – I never thought this would happen here in the U.S., that you can manipulate elections. I really don’t care about the lawsuit, it’s more about what they’ve done, and what they continue to do to these seniors. I want it to stop, and there’s another election coming up. I don’t want this to continue,” said former Justice of the Peace for Precinct 6, Rosalie Dominguez, who lost her election by 63 votes.

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“It’s against the law to be picking up people’s ballots, and especially if you’re the one running for office and you’re picking up people’s ballots. It’s illegal,” said Dominguez.

In a civil suit, Rosalie Dominguez accuses former ……….. read more here

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Candidate responds to questions about campaign protocol

Dan Sanchez, the holdover Pct. 4 commissioner and candidate for county judge, feels he has done his best to adhere to electoral procedures.

But the photos on Sanchez’s Facebook page show the commissioner with his ………. read more here.

By Frank Garza Staff Writer

Truck driver accused of trying to smuggle $2 million in narcotics

A truck driver was arrested recently for attempting to smuggle over $2 million in cocaine through a Border Patrol checkpoint, court documents state.

The suspect was ……… read more here.

By César G. Rodriguez
Laredo Morning Times

 

 

At least 450K spectators to see Pope Francis

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JUÁREZ — At least 450,000 pilgrims from both sides of the border are expected to be at the Mass to see Pope Francis or on the streets to see him passing by in his popemobile Feb. 17, officials said.

With that in …………. read more here

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2,500 pounds of pot found in fake carrots

CBP officers found more than a ton of alleged marijuana creatively smuggled in a shipment of fresh carrots at the Texas-Mexico border this weekend.

A big rig hauling a ……… read more here.

By Kolten Parker
San Antonio Express-News