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Texas middle school teacher admits to drug trafficking for Mexican cartel

February 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Texas middle school teacher admits to drug trafficking for Mexican cartel

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Authorities say a Texas middle school teacher recently admitted to drug trafficking on behalf of a Mexican cartel.

Federal investigators said Jorge Ignacio Cavazos, a teacher with the McAllen Independent School District was arrested after admitting to working for a Mexican drug trafficking organization since 2016.

According to the federal criminal complaint, feds learned of Jorge Ignacio Cavazos’ alleged drug trafficking activities after an informant identified Jorge Ignacio Cavazos as the point of contact to receive a narcotics shipment for a Mexican drug cartel based out of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Although the complaint doesn’t identify which drug trafficking organization employed the teacher, Reynosa is a known stronghold of the Gulf Cartel.

The informant reportedly told investigators that on several occasions, cartel operatives smuggled drugs over the border into the United States and transported the illicit contraband to Cavazos, Valley Central reported.

Cavazos, a Spanish teacher at Lincoln Middle School, was questioned by federal investigators on Monday and admitted the drug trafficking organization smuggled narcotics over the border hidden in vehicles on a weekly basis.

“CAVAZOS stated he was responsible for receiving the vehicle in the United States and extracting packages of several kilograms of cocaine and sometimes other narcotics from hidden compartments within the vehicle,” the criminal complaint read.

Cavazos remains in federal custody pending a court hearing scheduled for Friday.

McAllen Independent School District officials have since placed Ignacio Cavazos on administrative leave.

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