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*Driving Alert* Eagle Pass Bridge 1 traffic to be rerouted

Bridge 1 traffic to be re-routed to Bridge 2 as of 4:00pm today, Friday, March 22, 2019 due to the Annual Abrazo Ceremony. This stoppage will continue for approximately 3 hours until about 7:30pm when Bridge 1 will reopen.

The Eagle Pass Police Department reminds all drivers to heed all signals, barricades, warnings and officers directing traffic during this time for an orderly transition and quick reopening.

Man escapes death after vehicle catches fire

A Maverick County man was able to escape death after he crashed his vehicle and it caught on fire on Tuesday, March 18, 2019.

Maverick County Sheriff Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident against a fixed object on the 400 block of Chuck Wagon Road on Tuesday evening and arrived to find a Lincoln MKZ engulfed in flames.

The Sheriff Deputies quickly got off their vehicles to check to see if anyone was inside the burning vehicle.

Luckily they found a male adult later identified as Daniel Opakeah Flores Gonzalez laying on the ground about 50 feet away from the wrecked vehicle.

Gonzalez is reported to have displayed signs of intoxication and complained of pains on his sides.

Eagle Pass Fire Department Emergency Medical Service Personnel was summoned to the scene and Mr. Gonzalez was transported to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

This case is currently under investigation.

Sheriff’s Dept receives several sexual assault complaints

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department received three sexual assault complaints this weekend.

Up to now, there is limited information over the three allegations but that all the victims are underage.

It’s reported that the first case was reported on Friday, March 15.

The other two complaints originated from the victims’ visits to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center Emergency Room where law enforcement officials were notified.

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the allegations to determine what the next step in these matters will be.

It is unknown at this time if the three cases are related or not.

Press Release- CBP Officers Intercept 1,395.5 Pounds of Marijuana at the Eagle Pass, Texas Import Lot

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers kept sharp focus on border security efforts, seizing a total of 1,395.5 pounds of marijuana in a single enforcement action at the Eagle Pass, Texas Import Lot.

“Securing the cargo environment is a critical mission for CBP and this weekend’s significant marijuana seizure underscores the need for our officers to stay ever-vigilant and aware of the narcotics threat while facilitating lawful commerce,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

The seizure occurred on Saturday, March, 9 when CBP officers utilizing canines and a non-intrusive imaging system discovered 100 packages containing a total of 1,395.5 pounds of marijuana within an International tractor hauling a shipment of super sacks of polypropylene. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $279,102.

CBP officers seized the narcotics. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

Two Eagle Pass residents sentenced to Federal prision

Two Eagle Pass residents were sentenced to federal prison on charges of possession and distribution of cocaine in a Del Rio Federal Courtroom last week.

Erik Hernández and Ricardo Rodrigo Rodríguez had been in federal custody since April 2017 when they were detained at a business dedicated to the sale of corn on Eidson Road in the Loma Bonita sector of the community.

Both men were charged for allegedly conspiring to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

According to the information released, Erick Hernández received a sentence of 57 months in prison with time served accounted into the sentencing.

Rodriguez received a sentence of 47 months in prison with time served also being taken into account.

Both individuals were arrested in a DEA led operation in Eagle Pass, Texas on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in the Eidson Road Sector of the community at a roasted corn/ restaurant establishment”Homies Roasted Corn”.

Both individuals faced two federal alleged criminal offenses.including conspiring to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Both individuals were taken to the Val Verde GEO Correctional facility where they remained incarcerated.

Rodriguez and Hernandez were intercepted selling narcotics to an individual cooperating and participating in an investigation from December 2016 to April 2017 at the locale known as Homies Roasted Corn on Eidson road in Maverick County.

Federal documents state that the individual working/cooperating for DEA purchased up to 10 grams of cocaine from Hernandez on Rodriguez’s behalf.

Eagle Pass Young Adult arrest on possession

According to a report by the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Dept, on Friday March 8, 2019 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office Deputies conducted a traffic stop on US Highway 90 East in Uvalde County which resulted in the seizure of 22 pounds of methamphetamine. A 20 year old Eagle Pass man was arrested for possession of the approximately $900,000 worth of narcotics.

Photo Courtesy of Uvalde County Sheriff’s Dept

Border Patrol seeks assistance in search for suspect

Del Rio Sector USBP is seeking assistance in locating a suspect who escaped from custody earlier today in Eagle Pass, TX. The suspect was last seen near the carwash on Bibb St wearing a maroon shirt. If seen, do not approach and call the USBP at 830-778-7129.