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Texas maintenance worker caught using city issued work vehicle for smuggling cocaine

September 12, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas maintenance worker caught using city issued work vehicle for smuggling cocaine

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A maintenance employee assigned to work in a Brownsville, Texas police department has been arrested for utilizing his government vehicle for smuggling cocaine.

The apprehension occurred on Thursday morning when Manuel Ibarra was driving his city-issued vehicle with a trailer packed with lawn-mowing tools, according to the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office (CCDA).

Inside the truck, investigators with the CCDA’s department found four blocks filled with about four kilograms of cocaine.The man’s arrest stemmed from an investigation conducted by the CCDA’s office, in conjunction with Brownsville Police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to Breitbart Texas, the suspect’s arrest stemmed from an investigation conducted by the CCDA’s office, in conjunction with Brownsville Police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration.

Brownsville is located directly north of the Mexican city of Matamoros, which is one of the major strongholds of the Gulf Cartel. The drug-based organization is liable for regulating the movement of ton quantities of narcotics, including smuggling cocaine and marijuana, along with hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants into Brownsville.

Despite efforts by officials to evade cartel-linked crime, Brownsville has been involved with a number of high-profile cartel-associated cases.

In January 2014, a group of armed Gulf Cartel members, who were reportedly directed by cartel lieutenant Javier Garza Medrano, murdered an innocent bystander in Brownsville. The gunmen were planning to carry out a hit on an individual but inadvertently thought that the vehicle that was being driven by Juan Manuel Ocanas Barrientos was their designated target.

Garza Medrano was later captured in the Mexican State of Guerrero.

In July 2011, a crew of eight men ambushed a seafood restaurant near Brownsville, where they bound patrons and abducted Reyes Bocanegra. Law enforcement officials discovered Bocanegra’s deceased body approximately 40 minutes later inside a vehicle. Authorities have linked the case to drug trafficking.

In October 2010, a group of three Gulf Cartel murderers utilized silenced handguns to kill the brother of a former member who had escaped to Texas and had been collaborating with authorities. Although the three killers have since been named, they remain at large.

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