McAllen, TX – The United States Marshals Service-multi
agency led Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF) announce
the arrest of fugitive Benicio Lopez.
Benicio Lopez, 27, was wanted by the San Juan Police Department in connection
with a homicide that took place on May 26, 2010. It is alleged that Lopez, a
commander for the Gulf Cartel, murdered a male victim during a deadly home
invasion. Lopez and several men stormed into a home on the 2000 Block of Sunset
Street. During the home invasion, the homeowner was shot to death. Several
suspects were arrested, but Lopez managed to escape and fled to Mexico where he
went into hiding.
On June 13, 2013, Investigators from the San Juan Police Department and members
of the GCVOFTF learned that Lopez had returned to the Rio Grande Valley. Members
of the GCVOFTF developed information that Lopez was renting a house at the
Cimarron Country Club in Mission, Texas. As members of the GCVOFTF conducted
surveillance of the house, Lopez was observed driving away from the location.
Members of the GCVOFTF followed Lopez to an apartment complex located at the
1900 Block of S. 38th Street in McAllen, Texas. Members from the San Juan Police
Department, Mission Police Department and GCVOFTF arrived at the apartment
complex, and apprehended Lopez along with two other male individuals. Two hand
guns, one semi-automatic assault rifle, one shot gun and 26.8 pounds of
marijuana were seized from the apartment. Lopez is currently being held at the
San Juan Police Department pending the outcome of his case.
The GCVOFTF is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the Bureau of
Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland
Security Investigations, McAllen P.D., Mission P.D., San Juan P.D., Starr County
Sheriff’s Department, TDCJ Office of Inspector General, Texas Department of
Public Safety, U.S. Marshals Service and Weslaco P.D.
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