Cartel Corruption in McAllen Texas

by Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby

MCALLEN, Texas – An ex-bailiff for a Texas county judge pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges for his role in helping a violent gang with ties to Mexico’s Gulf Cartel. The Texas lawman is facing a possible sentence of life in prison for his role in forging court documents and leaking sensitive law enforcement information to the criminal organization.


Last week, former Hidalgo County Court #6 bailiff Oscar De La Cruz pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Dorina Ramos. His sentencing hearing is set for March 20 and remains out on bond. As Breitbart News reported in May 2018, Oscar De La Cruz was initially arrested by FBI agents following an investigation into claims from an informant about paying a cop for fake police documents regarding drug seizures. De La Cruz will be sentenced by the same judge whose signature he forged for cartel-linked gang members. In South Texas, drug smugglers and corrupt cops previously staged fake seizures or used forged documents to fool cartels into believing that their drug loads were seized when in fact, they were stolen.



De La Cruz was one of the more than 20 men named in a multi-count indictment targeting a drug trafficking organization. According to information first published by Dave Hendricks from the Progress Times, De La Cruz worked for a gang called “Los Mickys,” a group with deep ties to the Gulf Cartel. Los Mickys was led by Jose Miguel “El Mickey” Montemayor and the two brothers, Macrin “El Filtro” Marin Cerda and Miguel “El Tigre” Marin Cerda. The various members of the gang were tied to the Gulf Cartel but also worked as a rip-crew by stealing drugs from other smugglers in order to sell them on the side.


Los Mickys are tied to numerous armed home invasions, searching for drugs and cash to steal. The group was linked to a June 2017 break-in in McAllen where they raided the wrong house and held an innocent family at gunpoint. The gang was also connected to a 2010 case in Edinburg that led to a high-speed chase when a gunman from Los Mickys crashed against another vehicle–killing three innocent victims.


Not surprising McAllen is rated as number 1 in the 10 most terrifying cities to currently live.

1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
> Pct. feel safe at night: 48.5%
> Pct. without money for shelter: 24.5% (the highest)
> Violent crime rate: 319.2 per 100,000 (160th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 34.5% (2nd highest)
> Population: 809,759 (90th highest)

McAllen was the only metro area in which less than half of all respondents felt safe walking home alone at night. This was despite the fact that McAllen actually had a lower violent crime rate than the United States overall in 2012, at just 319 incidents per 100,000 residents, versus 387 crimes for 100,000 residents nationally. However, violence along the border with Mexico remains a concern for many McAllen residents. The State Department warns against traveling to the neighboring city of Reynosa, Mexico, due to high levels of drug-related violence. Additionally, nearly 25% of residents stated they did not have enough money for adequate shelter at some point in the previous year, by far the most of any metro area. A lack of adequate shelter may be tied to the relatively low economic prosperity in the region. In 2012, 34.5% of residents lived below the poverty line, and the median household income was just $33,761, both among the worst in the nation.

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