Edinburg, TX – The United States
Marshals-multi agency led Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF)
announces the arrest of two fugitives wanted by law enforcement authorities
Edward Heath McCoy, 34, and Mathew Vernon McCoy, 34, are wanted by the
Garvin County Sheriff’s Office for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.
On January 13, U.S. Marshals Investigators from Oklahoma City developed
information that the fugitives were residing in the Edinburg area. The
assistance from GCVOFTF McAllen Division was requested in an effort to
locate and arrest them.
Investigators with the GCVOFTF observed a red Ford Ranger matching the
description of a vehicle driven by the fugitives. Edward Heath McCoy and his
cousin Mathew Vernon McCoy were subsequently located and arrested walking on
a canal bank near the intersection of U.S. Hwy 281 and University Drive. The
fugitives were subsequently transported to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s
Office and are awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.
As a result of the arrest, two AK-47 rifles, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 22
caliber handgun were recovered from the vehicle. In addition to the weapons,
numerous rounds of ammunition and several loaded magazines were also seized.
The GCVOFTF is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S.
Marshals Service, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department, ICE/Deportation and
Removal Operations, McAllen PD, Mission PD, San Juan PD, Starr County
Sheriff’s Department, TDCJ Office of Inspector General, Texas Department of
Public safety, U.S. Marshals Service and Weslaco PD.
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