Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro

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Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro covers immigration and federal courts for The Monitor. He can be reached at lzazueta@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4452.

Sentencing reset in meth case

McALLEN — The sentencing hearing for a man who pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy involving the movement of more than 150...

Sentencing reset for Sugarland man in meth case

The sentencing hearing for a man who pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy involving the movement of more than 150 kilograms of methamphetamine has been canceled, records show.  According to court notes, the sentencing hearing for Ivan Cesar Ortega has been canceled until further notice.  Ortega, along with nine other co-defendants, was arrested and charged as part of a 10-count indictment in February 2018 that alleged a possession, distribution and smuggling conspiracy of more than 150 kilograms of meth beginning in January 2017, records show. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Ex-con sent to prison for violating firearm laws

An ex-convict was sentenced to a 21-month prison sentence for violation of federal firearm charges, records show. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Luis Arturo Bazan to the prison sentence related to the seizure of a pistol and ammunition from his Pharr residence in July 2019. The 37-year-old man made his initial federal court appearance on the aforementioned charge on Dec. 10, 2019. There, the sole charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm — a violation of federal law — was formally read against him. Read the full story at themonitor.com

DHS: Restricted travel extended 30 days again

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday the continuation of the temporary travel restrictions for Canada and Mexico, according to the order. The announcement comes on the day the restriction was set to expire at midnight — 60 days after it was put in place following President Trump’s announcement on March 20 that the U.S.–Mexico southern border would be closed off to “non-essential” travelers. “(The DHS acting secretary) has continued to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 18, there are over 4.6 million confirmed cases globally, with over 310,000 confirmed deaths. There are over 1.4 million confirmed and probable cases within the United States, over 76,000 confirmed cases in Canada, and over 47,000 confirmed cases in Mexico,” the DHS notification states. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Ex-judge’s request for emergency release denied

Former state District Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado’s request for emergency release from prison due to fears of contracting COVID-19 was denied Tuesday, records show. The ruling to deny Delgado’s request to be sent to home confinement amid the COVID-19 outbreak came a day after U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett ordered Delgado to cease filing supplemental documents for that request. Delgado had asked the court, in a 23-page request filed April 27, to be released from the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth due to his own medical conditions amid the pandemic; fearing that his medical issues would make him vulnerable to contraction. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Court grants bond for RGC man who tried to sneak ammo into Mexico

A Rio Grande City man was granted a bond in connection with a case involving the alleged smuggling of ammunition into Mexico, records show. A court granted Filiberto Martinez Jr. a $40,000 bond related to his May 12 arrest as he attempted to cross into Mexico while in possession of nearly 200 rounds of rifle ammunition, the complaint against him stated. On that day, Martinez attempted to cross into Mexico but was referred for a secondary inspection at the Roma port of entry, the document stated. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Court bars emergency release filings for imprisoned ex-judge

After a former state district judge made several requests for emergency compassionate release from federal prison, the court overseeing the filings has ordered him to stop, records show. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett ordered both the defendant, Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, and the government from making additional filings concerning Delgado’s emergency request to be released from federal prison amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Citing underlying medical issues, counsel for Delgado made requests since late April, when the first request for compassionate release was filed by Delgado’s attorney, Michael McCrum. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Court bars emergency release filings for imprisoned ex-judge

After a former state district judge made several requests for emergency compassionate release from federal prison, the court overseeing the filings has ordered him...

Man faces arson, attempted capital murder charge

A Donna man said “voices” told him to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new romantic partner by setting fire to a building earlier this...

Palmhurst man charged in $200 straw purchase scheme

A Palmhurst man faces a federal firearm charge for allegedly paying another person to purchase firearms for him, records show. On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate granted Irvin Gabriel Iglesias a $40,000 bond in connection with a case in which he allegedly paid another person to falsify a federal firearms form and purchase firearms for him, the complaint against Iglesias stated. Iglesias, 40, made his initial appearance in federal court May 7 in connection with a criminal complaint that alleges that on May 5, Iglesias paid another man to fill out an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives form — ATF Form 4473 — at a licensed firearms dealer shop in Mission. Read the full story at themonitor.com