Recent arrests in Harlingen, Primera

September 20, 2018

HARLINGEN — Local police continue to investigate a recent hit and run, locked up two alleged drug dealers and a mother for alleged child endangerment.

Drug raid

Harlingen police and the major crimes unit didn’t waste time pulling up a search warrant to make arrests on Harlingen residents Ezequiel Pena and Alejandro Salazar Jr.

In response to community concerns about drug dealing from a residence, on Sept. 13, at approximately 8:30 a.m. the Harlingen police department’s major crimes unit along with the Harlingen organized crime unit, Harlingen SWAT team, and U.S. marshals executed a search warrant on the 700 block of North First Street.

According to police, the search warrant was a result of an ongoing narcotics investigation. During the course of the investigation, Pena and Salazar were taken into custody without incident.

Pena, 21, and Salazar, 25, have both been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony.

Their bonds have been set at $30,000 each. During the search, over 22 grams of crack cocaine was seized.

Hit and Run

On Sept. 15, at approximately 6:43 a.m. Harlingen police received a call of an auto-pedestrian crash at 3000 W. Lincoln Street. Harlingen officers arrived at the location and made contact with the victim, who advised that she was jogging eastbound on Lincoln Street when a dark colored SUV, possibly a Jeep Liberty, struck her with the vehicle mirror.

Police said the victim was knocked to the ground, and received non-life threatening injuries.

Harlingen EMS transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment.

The Harlingen Highway Enforcement Unit is currently investigating this crash.

Police urge that if anyone has any information regarding this incident to contact the Harlingen Police Department at 956-216-5940, or the Harlingen Area Crime Stoppers at 956-425-8477.

Child neglect charge

In Primera on Sept. 10 at approximately 4 a.m. officers were called to a mobile home located at 16678 Wilson Road.

Police said the call came in as a concern of four children left home alone.

According to the reporting person, she was awaken when two small children came knocking at her home. She recognized the children as belonging to Cristina Gomez, 28, a relative of hers, according to police.

According to police, when she asked the children why they were out walking so late, the 11-year-old said that her mother had left them alone at their home.

Upon further investigation it was determined that Gomez had left her home at approximately 11 p.m. on Sept. 9 and had left her four children ages, 11, 10, 7, and 3, alone at home, police said.

According to Gomez, she left to go help a friend in Weslaco, police said.

Investigators also learned that the children were left without any means of calling 911 if there was an emergency, according to police.

Investigators arrested Gomez on Sept. 17 and charged her with four counts of child abandonment with intent to return.

Justice of the Peace Eloy Cano set bail at $2,500 per each count. According to police, Child Protective Services was also notified.


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