Thursday, February 1, 2018

McAllen TX: teacher taught Spanish during the day, worked with cartel at night

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat  from The Monitor- and KRGV..Thank you BB follower....

McALLEN — In an attempt to supplement their incomes, teachers sometimes take on second jobs. But according to federal prosecutors here, one local man taught middle school Spanish by day and worked as an associate to the cartels by night.

These details were made public Monday in a criminal complaint filed in federal court against Jorge Ignacio Cavazos, who government officials say supplemented his teaching income by working for a Reynosa-based drug cartel for nearly two years.
Homeland Security Investigations agents, who work as the investigations arm for U.S. Department of Homeland Security, arrested the teacher Monday after he admitted to his role in a drug trafficking organization that worked to smuggle illicit drugs into the country.

Cavazos, who has been licensed in Texas as an educator for nearly 20 years dating back to June 1998, told HSI agents he “had been assisting” a drug cartel based in Reynosa by unloading carloads of narcotics, which were imported from Mexico into the U.S., since 2016, the complaint states.

The 50-year-old McAllen resident and middle school teacher at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in McAllen, where he taught Spanish, told federal agents he had been facilitating the movement of drugs for the cartel on a weekly basis since 2016.

Cavazos, a U.S. citizen, wasn’t on agents’ radar until about six months ago, when HSI agents received a tip about a vehicle loaded with drugs from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials out of the Pharr port of entry.

On July 20, 2017 a Mexican national attempted to enter the U.S. with about 11 kilos of cocaine hidden in an altered compartment inside a black Nissan Altima, court record shows.

Four months later, in November 2017, HSI agents received additional information from an informant who was cooperating with them about the seizure of the 11 kilos in July 2017.

“The (informant) stated that the aforementioned vehicle was utilized on several occasions to transport narcotics into the U.S. at the direction of a drug trafficking organization operating in Reynosa, Tamaulipas (Mexico),” the complaint states. “The (drug trafficking organization) requested that after the vehicle successfully entered the U.S., it needed to be turned over (to) a male subject in the U.S.”

The informant identified Cavazos as the recipient of the drugs from the cartel and recalled one instance on July 19, 2017, when Cavazos traveled to a McAllen Walmart to pick up the black Nissan Altima, which the informant claimed was loaded with drugs, the criminal complaint states.

McAllen ISD spokesman Mark May confirmed Cavazos’ arrest in connection with federal drug smuggling charges and said the teacher had been placed on leave, but it is unclear whether or not he would continue to be paid.

“On late Wednesday evening, we secured confirmation of the arrest of one of our teachers,” read a statement released by McAllen ISD officials. “We are following our protocols and have placed him on administrative leave and are notifying the Texas Education Agency of the situation. Due to laws protecting privacy rights, we are limited in the information we can disclose. However, we want to reassure the community that the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are committed to maintaining a school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.”

May did not immediately know how long Cavazos had been teaching with the district.

Cavazos, who made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Peter E. Ormsby Tuesday morning, faces one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine, court records show.

Calls and messages left with Cavazos’ attorney, McAllen-based Eric S. Jarvis, went unreturned as of press time.

Cavazos, who remains in custody, is due back in federal court Monday for a bond hearing.
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42 comments:

  1. I gotta say say,i didnt expect him to have an anglo name ?

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    1. I gotta say, Spanish is not compulsory teaching on the north of the border states, and to have created a special part time for a "Spanish teacher" it must have taken some undue influence upstairs, namely a kickback, with no question asking.
      I am sure mista' Nacho Cavazos did not hire himself without due diligence, AND I hope he is not the son of El raton viejo former governor, congressman and "senator" Manuel Cavazos Lerma, a famous tamaulipas drug trafficker and money launderer according to the New York times who was out in charge of drafting the privatization of PEMEX "LEGISLATION" in cahoots with d
      Accused drug trafficker and money launderer manlio fabio beltrones, alias "Don Beltrone, la fabis, la secre..." and all from the town where Francisco Javier Garcia cabeza de cagadas de vacas used to be the mayor thanks to Osiel Cardenas Guillén's money, REYNOSA, WONDERFUL...

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    2. Disgusting that a 50 year old teacher, who's there to educate kids has done this. I'd bet that he's been using his students to deal. Its a prime job for recruiting kids that are suffering poverty, disillusioned or just hating school. Its a prime job to select those kids for dealing and becoming the next cartel sicarios. I hope they lock him up for life but I suspect he'll be back out soon.

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    3. 5:50 good to see you are worried about the important things.

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  2. Who doesn’t moonlight nowadays in our society. - Sol Prendido

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  3. Teachers need a raise...oh by the way, why do they have Spanish class in the valley? Lol

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    1. @6:13PM Student is Mexico study Spanish and have courses in English. US schools teach English as well as having Spanish courses. (I haven't known many students in either country that became fluent in either non native language.. some didn't learn to speak their native language very well)

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    2. They’re off four months out of the year. They get paid enough

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    3. I know most of Texas discourages teaching spanish, it is absolutely not a priority, even if you are illegal alien with illegal parents, you are going to get up to speed in ALL ENGLISH schools, distanced from their parents and ashamed of themselves and tbeir heritage.
      that creates "Los Desenraizados" you may find the book somewhere if you care.

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    4. @8:42 they don't get paid enough to put up with these bad ass kids. If I was a teacher, I'd be fired before lunch.

      @11:22 I might look that up. My son is in high school and he didn't want to take Spanish (cause they think they know it all) we told him to consider sign language

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    5. @8:42 pm So in those 4 months that theyre off..they aint gotta eat n their bills freeze??? How cool..I didnt know that.!! ....Pendejo..

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    6. @7:23...I have a cousin that's a teacher in the valley and they don't get the same salary during their time off...puñetas!

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    7. The salary is divided into 12 even installments
      We get paid once a month.
      Im an RGV teacher!

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  4. Just like la Tuta, not because they Are teachers doesn't mean they don't like easy money

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    1. But Tuta continued to get his teacher's pay years after becoming involved in the drug trade.

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    2. He received his pension pay up until his arrest

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  5. This normal in the border. He going to be teaching in prison for doing dumb shit.

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  6. 6:28 O yeah Tuta is a perfect example!

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  7. Welcome to the 956.. where all make a dollar here a dollar there lol

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  8. Breaking Bad anyone? High School Teacher takes up drug dealing to supplement underpaid teacher's salary? As Trump would say: "SAD"

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  9. I remember this guy from Texas telling me the refresco goes for around 18k there. My wheels been turning ever since. ... Just gotta find the right guy now, sounds easy enough haha

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    1. Bricks are cheap bud is cheap. How u going to get it thru the check point. Thats the trick genious thats why bricks go for 18 or 19 down here but once they get to houston theyre 24.

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    2. N they 26 in chicago

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  10. "SAD" mis güebos, i'm glad he got cogido and will get more cogido in the big house por andar ahi de caliente,
    i'm telling you pinchis narcos mexicanos, calmense su pedo y ponganse a trabajar.

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  11. What was his nickname la Tuta but in Reynosa instead of Michoacan. No wonder why the gangs are still active. Their could be more Americans helping these blood thirsty gangs. Only this Tuta is Mexican Americans. One thing. Theirs been a confrontation in Culiacan Sinaloa by the Marines. 4 bad guys got killed. They were partying but the marines showed up ruining it. In Chihuahua. 7 bad guys were free from Jailed. I don't get it. They were confronting the state commissioners of Chihuahua leaving one bad guy dead. The detainees confess that they were La Linea Cartel. Stupid corrupted Judge. Its like that Activist daughter all over Again this time its the chihuahua police taking the injustice. Why not just execute if they were gonna get free then commit more crimes in humanity again. I guess Chihuahua, Guerrero, Sinaloa, baja California North, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Zacatacas and Chiapas Are Fail states. Corruption and Injustice States

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  12. "Bad Hombre" do crime in de USA, pay time in prison.

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  13. That's why u never give up your real name or place of residence get yoself a traphouse

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  14. I do not think that Spanish, French, Japanese or any other language should be taught in any elementary or High School in the USA. How many students at that time have a need for another language to provide for their future. That is something that few will ever use again after graduating. The few people that graduate forget it quickly anyway. Wasted dollars. The US schools are falling behind other countries and there are other countries that have surpassed the US in education. I believe the USA is about 26th or so. Another language is something you will want to learn when you really have the desire or need. I do not remember any French from my High School classes, but when I moved to Mexico I bought books before hand, watched movies with subtitles, and then immersed myself in the local Hispanic community where I lived in the USA. I was able to communicate well within 6 months. When you want to or need to learn another language it happens. Spend the money where it is most effective and will actually help students in the long run. It would be money well invested. You do not need a teacher to learn Spanish, but there are classes you can pay for after graduating if you need them. I am amazed at all the people that know Spanish in Mexico that lived in the USA for a bit of time and never took classes. Many never graduated or even went to school in Mexico, but were working at any early age. On a light note. I remember a book saying if you are not sure, say it like you think it should be. So when it was hot outside I would say "estoy caliente" and not "tengo calor". No one corrected me for awhile and I actually met a couple of beautiful Mexican women by accident when I said the first. I do not say that anymore, as maybe one day I might get a slap on the face.

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    1. i agree with you, foreign languages, math, history etc. is not required in elementary school. who needs more then writing his name and basic calc. With this you can get a job at walmart, buying a gun and order some beer or meth.
      flat earth school is overrated, right!?

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    2. What do you call an ignoramus who can only speak one language?
      An American.

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    3. 10:37 I wrote the lead above your opinion. Math, history are valuable. Math is used everyday and can lead to algebra, trig and more. History is very important as it builds builds ones support for country and the constitution and more. Nice to know where you come from even if it will not get you a job later unless you are a teacher. Most people will never use that unless they go on vacation. It is not that tough to learn a language quickly when you want to. The Mormon missionaries go out into the field and communicate well in any language with a 6 week crash course. Very rarely do you talk to anyone that was inspired to learn another language while in elementary or High School. When you really need to learn that language you can learn it fast. Unless you feel you need to learn it to talk to your roofer or gardener who is from another country. I have a need as I am married to a Mexican woman, I have a business here and it did not take years of school to learn it. There are other things that tax money could be used for to prepare one for a future in the country they live in. If you feel you have to learn one I would say Spanish would be the one since they are on the border and the fastest growing minorities in the USA. But right now you do not need it. I guess if you are a slow learner and need that job at Wal-mart where a huge amount of the employee's only speak Spanish then that would be an option for you. But most Doctors, attorney's, congressmen and successful people do not speak Spanish or another language. So the Walmart, flat earth comment is not even close to being a reality. I will betting man I would bet you do not speak another language. Maybe you do, but in most instances I would win that bet.

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    4. 11:20 yea man . Mexicans lean English because they need to eat . If mexico bordered with china it would be the same . You learn it or suffer for it . USA is at the top of the food chain so most americans don't really get much benefit from interacting with foreigners . Pretty simple

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    5. 7:48 too funny.I made exactly the same mistake.I would be travelling down Baja in the 40 degree heat as a solo young white female and stopping for a beverage at a restaurant wanted badly to practice Spanish and would say to the local men 'mucho caliente'.It stopped them dead in their tracks and they didn't know how to react.That went on for quite a while and finally someone set me straight with 'mucho calor'.Too literal translation because hot means a totally different thing then warm.I don't think we are the only 2 that have made that mistake.Makes me laugh though thinking about it.

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    6. 12:32 Actually I can tell you first hand the majority of Chinese nationals that are educated, in the city, or in the corporate world, speak English. ESL is preferred. For good reason it is the universal language in life and in business.

      Most of the developed world are bilingual. In china most are bilingual but many are trilingual. Spanish is a favorite third language. They love practicing on me A real Mexican. That said, the Mandarin accented Spanish is quite a formidable foe.

      A second language should be taught in schools, that is not my beef, it is that it is taught well below par.

      As most subjects.

      In order to attain a solid, challenging, meaningful education a student must take at least honors classes or higher. an the majority of students do not qualify.

      My dos...

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    7. The Chinese have moved away from the more traditional Cantonese to Mandarin because they thought, I can only guess, it was a little harsh on the ears to foreigners... Lol..

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  15. Primito or Boludo will become next leader in Reynosa. Boludo has the support of Primito, who has a pipeline to CJNG for cocaine and meth. Primito and Choco are the two biggest earners for the Reynosa faction—one of them will eventually seek control of Reynosa either directly or through a proxy.

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  16. One Count , man is he getting off easy , imagine what he has moved in two years.

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    1. He’s probably looking at 10 years so I don’t know if I’d call that getting off easy

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    2. I would imagine when sentencing time comes they will consider his profession . Most of the time being a school teacher is a plus , but not this time . He wont get off as easy as your common dumb fuck dealer . It would have been better for him to have been a cop than a teacher . That is unless the people in his area have different values than my part of texas . I do see as older generations pass the population in whole has less moral integrity

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  17. Reading some of the comments about learning additional languages I think people are missing the point of the article. Teachers are employed to serve the community, they're paid with your tax dollars to educate and take care of something very precious, our children. This guy, and any others working in a trusted position that abuse that trust, should be sent to jail for longer than the average citizen. I don't suppose we'll ever find out how many kids he's involved in his crimes.

    As for learning languages in schools, children should be taught as many languages as possible. Other countries, France, Spain, Belgium, norway, germany etc teach most languages including Chinese. Their children are able to join any workforce across the world. Industry needs bilingual kids to avoid learning languages puts them at a big disadvantage. Encourage your children to learn even just basic greetings in as many languages as possible, learn about culture and different customs.

    Were not particularly religious but we've visited as many different places of worship as possible. In our country we have open days where anyone is welcome to visit. It makes cultural differences less scary and my own children have really learned a lot from doing it.

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