by Josh Eells Part 2 Sometimes this led to some imprudent decisions. One of the bookies Treviño bet with was a teacher who sold Ecstasy on the side. He didn’t know Treviño was a cop. Treviño owed him money, so they arranged to meet at a Petco parking lot to settle up, but when the

  By Josh Eells   How an elite anti-narcotics task force became the most brazen drug thieves on the Texas border   The temperature was nearing triple digits when Jonathan Treviño strapped on his bulletproof vest, slipped his .40-caliber Glock into his ankle holster and got ready to go to work. It was Thursday, July

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Amanda’s Story of Injustice

by Kimberly Mullens One year ago today, I had to make the agonizing decision to discontinue life support for my beautiful sister Amanda Pierce after she suffered anoxic brain death six days before. The pain today, as I recall that moment, is still raw and excruciating. Saying goodbye as they took her to the operating

Steve Torno defies Army Corps of Engineers

by Cameron Langford A Texas developer defied the federal government by clearing 22 acres of public land to create a waterfront view of a lake, after the Army Corps of Engineers told him not to, Uncle Sam claims in court. The United States of America sued Steven Torno dba Circle T. Realty of Centerville Texas,

José Peña was tired as he drove south toward Houston on the morning of Sept. 27, 1998. Following a quick trip north to Kansas in a rented van – to pick up the brother of a distant cousin’s son – he was on his way home to Houston, where he lived with his wife and

Dirty Water from Centerville TX

by Simon Hoffman and Paul DeVilbis   A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a former owner of a Shreveport wastewater treatment facility who instructed employees to illegally dump untreated wastewater into the Red River and the city’s sewer system. John Tuma of Centerville Texas  has since been

I think my wife just shot herself

On Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at approximately 2:40 p.m. Central Time, Gerald Willhelm, the husband of Janice Lee Willhelm (Robeson), called 911 and spoke to a Leon County Sheriff Dispatcher, and stated that he thought his wife had just shot herself. The lady who took his call identified herself as “Leon County Sheriff’s Office,” and

Inside a Mexican Industrial Meth Lab

By Stuart Ramsay   In the central mountains of Mexico lies the city of Culiacan. By rights it should be a sleepy backwater, a one-donkey rural nowheresville, but it is not.   Alongside manicured parks and pristine government buildings it boasts shopping malls, designer clothes shops, five star hotels, shi-shi restaurants and nightclubs.   What

by C.L. Cadenhead When a business is involved in illegal activity, operating on a cash basis is smart. It’s not easy for law enforcement to track dollars like it is for them to access and monitor checking accounts or online business transactions.   Maybe you’ve heard the stories of Pablo Escobar having so much cash

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

by M. Douget Everyone has seen the three little monkeys, each covering his eyes, ears, and mouth.  It has been seen for decades on television, newspapers, advertisements, and even t-shirts.  See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil is a pictorial maxim that has been long debated as to it’s true meaning.  Some feel

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