McALLEN, Texas — A South Texas border sheriff who long downplayed claims of Mexican drug violence spilling across the Rio Grande into the United States said Tuesday he always knew it could happen and that his department was prepared.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said he doesn't plan changes after one of his deputies was shot in a confrontation with kidnappers sent by the Gulf cartel to retrieve a stolen drug load near Edinburg. One suspect died in the exchange of gunfire.
"That's why we train," Trevino said, shortly before six men involved were arraigned on marijuana possession charges, with other more serious charges expected to follow. "And that's why we have such close working relationships with all the federal agencies. So no, nothing has changed. We're still prepared. We still train every day."