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CBP finds $1.7M in methamphetamine inside SUV at US-Mexico border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers announced Friday they’d made a stunning find inside an SUV at the U.S.-Mexico border: methamphetamines valued at over $1.7 million.

Officers seized the drugs July 1 after they stopped a 42-year-old man from Brownsville, Texas, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, the agency reported.

The estimated total value of the drugs, according to CBP: $1,797,189.92.

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Methamphetamines valued at over $1.7 million were found hidden inside a white 2007 Volkswagen Touareg at the border, investigators said. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection-Brownsville)

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Investigators found 74 packages, which contained a total of 89.87 pounds of alleged methamphetamine, inside the white 2007 Volkswagen Touareg, CBP added.

“Our officers continue to maintain an elevated enforcement posture to keep our borders secure and prevent dangerous narcotics from entering into our country,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their excellent job in this significant seizure.”

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Texas woman lived with mother’s skeletal remains for 3 years

A Texas woman who worked as a police dispatcher lived in a home with her mother’s remains left on the floor for the past three years, authorities said.

Jacqueline Crayton, 71, died in a fall inside the home in Seguin that she shared with her daughter and granddaughter, a disabled 15-year-old girl, according to news reports.

“They were in a bedroom on the floor in plain view,” Seguin Police Chief Terry Nichols told reporters Thursday, referring to the remains.

NEW MEXICO PARENTS CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AFTER MISSING APPOINTMENTS FOR BABY WHO HAD LIVER TRANSPLANT: REPORT

Police found Crayton’s skeletal remains Sunday after going to the house on a child abuse complaint called in by the 15-year-old, Nichols said.

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Mugshot for Delissa Crayton, 47. (Seguin Police Department)

According to Fox 7 Austin, police said Jacqueline Crayton could have survived if her daughter had attended to her injuries.

The daughter, Delissa Crayton, 47, was arrested on a felony charge of injury to a child, police said.

The chief told reporters that Delissa Crayton worked as a dispatcher for the Seguin Police Department until she quit in 2014.

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Fox San Antonio reported that Jacqueline Crayton worked as a secretary and a teacher’s aide for the Sequin school district for 35 years. She retired in 2000.

Nichols said the dead woman was well-known and respected in Seguin.

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Family members have taken in the 15-year-old, he said.

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Pence slams CNN for ‘dishonest’ coverage of detention center visit; says America ‘deserves the full story’

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Vice President Mike Pence blasted CNN late Friday night for what he described as the network’s “dishonest” coverage of his trip to a migrant detention center near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Pence, along with reporters and a group of GOP lawmakers, flew to McAllen, Texas, where he participated in a roundtable discussion with Border Patrol agents and toured a detention center. The vice president spoke with several migrant children and asked about their treatment at the facility with the help of a translator.

CNN’s primetime coverage, however, featured only visuals of a large group of adult male migrants behind a fence attempting to engage with reporters. During CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” program, the network played Pence’s interview with CNN senior White House correspondent Pamela Brown on a split screen, showing only footage of the adult migrants and none of the footage of Pence visiting with children.

CNN MIRED IN A CREDIBILITY CRISIS AS RATINGS CONTINUE TO COLLAPSE, EXPERTS SAY

Later, CNN’s Chris Cuomo criticized Pence’s interview remarks and accused him of providing “spin” on the facility conditions. “Cuomo Prime Time” also made no reference to Pence’s visit with the children.

The vice president apparently took notice, as evidenced by Twitter posts.

“CNN is so dishonest. Today we took reporters to a detention facility on the border for families and children and all told us they were being treated well,” Pence began. “The crisis at our southern border is not a ‘manufactured crisis,’ it is real and is overwhelming our system. To show this, we also visited an overcrowded facility for adult men, many of whom have been arrested multiple times. These men were in a temporary holding area because Democrats in Congress have refused to fund additional bed space.”

He continued: “Rather than broadcast the full story, showing the compassionate care the American people are providing to vulnerable families, tonight CNN only played video of men in the temporary facility and didn’t play any footage of the family facility at all… ignoring the excellent care being provided to families and children. Our great @CBP agents deserve better and the American people deserve the whole story from CNN!”

“Our great @CBP agents deserve better and the American people deserve the whole story from CNN!”

— Vice President Mike Pence

CNN did not immediately respond to Pence’s comments.

Several CNN anchors — including Cooper, Cuomo, Don Lemon and Wolf Blitzer — previously rejected President Trump’s warning earlier this year that there was a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“You can build a physical barrier. But why say it’s a cure-all to keep back this demonized group of people, like this marauding horde that doesn’t exist. [Trump] created all of this. It’s all bogus,” Cuomo said Jan. 11.

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“Let’s talk about his imaginary Latin-American migrant conspiracy,” Lemon said April 24. “This is part of a long history of him making things up about the caravan and the border crisis.”

“President Trump will speak tonight from the Oval Office, trying to sell his border wall to a doubtful nation, as his administration uses falsehoods and misstatements to build the case for what it calls a crisis on the border,” Blitzer said Jan. 8.

“Now, it’s not our job to advocate for or against a given policy,” Cooper said Jan. 8. “It’s our job to call out the dishonest pursuit of it. So, as we wait for the president to speak about what he calls the crisis on the border, we’re starting with the crisis of credibility he’s created for himself.”

Fox News media reporter Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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New Orleans residents stunned by severe flooding as tropical system strengthens

NEW ORLEANS – The widespread flooding that inundated many parts of New Orleans on Wednesday astounded even longtime residents of a city that frequently withstands the brunt of hurricanes and tropical storms.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell declared a State of Emergency due to “intense thunderstorms, and the further potential for tropical or hurricane force winds and further thunderstorms”.

“New Orleans may experience more widespread localized severe flooding and gale force winds that could result in the endangerment and threat of life, injury and possible property damage,” Cantrell added.

By early morning, the city had called off work for non-essential employees as streets and sidewalks began to fill with water from the constant onslaught of rain. The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans said the city had received more than eight inches of rainfall within a three-hour period.

“This morning’s rain came down at an extraordinary rate,” the agency wrote on Twitter. “As an example on Mother’s Day, we received 4.5 inches in 3 hours, today was nearly double.”

NEW ORLEANS, GULF COAST FACE FLOODING THREAT FROM POSSIBLE TROPICAL STORM BARRY

Resident Jena Smith said she was lucky to not have been flooded, but it was a close call for her.

“I left my house early and made it to the office, otherwise my entire car would have been underwater,” she said. “Everybody else got stranded all over the city. It’s just crazy.”

The Mississippi River, which runs through the city, has been engorged for months as snowmelt and rainfall make their way down from the Midwest. Smith said she’s concerned about flooding due to the high water levels and a strengthening tropical system moving along the Gulf Coast that could develop into a Category 1 hurricane.

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New Orleans resident Jena Smith looks out at the Mississippi River Wednesday. (Fox News/ Charles Watson)

“It’s a little disconcerting, knowing how high the river is,” Smith said as she looked out onto the Mississippi River. “With the river being so high and pumping stations having issues, areas of the cities that never flooded are flooding now.”

TOXIC ALGAE BLOOM FORCES GULF COAST BEACH CLOSURES

Wayne Harris, visiting from Toronto, said he was a fan of rainfall. However, he really wanted to enjoy his week-long New Orleans vacation in the sun. So, he was hoping the weather system possibly headed in the city’s direction doesn’t stick around for long.

“A couple of days wouldn’t bother me, but it’d be nice if it cleared out of here in a couple of days so we could do a lot more sightseeing and stuff,” he said.

His friend Cathy Ross said she was far less enthused by the impending storm.

“[We have] lots of sightseeing and things planned and I want to be able to get out and do what we’ve planned and what we paid for,” she said.

In the Gert Town section of the city, residents swept up the debris that heavy rain had carried over to their homes. Streets were flooded with water that had slowly begun trickling down sewer drains.

“This is nothing compared to how high the water was,” said a resident who identified herself as just Nancy, as she pointed to a water line that was about a foot high.

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Smith said the idea of another Hurricane Katrina-like disaster has crossed her mind, but she’s staying optimistic. Otherwise, she said, you have to let the tropical system run its course.

“I think people in New Orleans have figured out, you just ride with it,” she said. “Take precautions and that’s about all you can do.”

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Texas woman and ex-boyfriend who abducted her found dead on remote property: police

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The bodies of a missing woman and her ex-boyfriend, who police believe kidnapped her at gunpoint last month, were found Tuesday on a private farmland in Texas, police said.

Jorge Jaramillo, 48, allegedly abducted Jessica Sanchez, 37, from her home in Devine, Texas, on June 30, according to the Devine Police Department. Family said Sanchez’s three young daughters witnessed the kidnapping, Fox 29 San Antonio reported.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office have yet to release the causes of death for the two victims.

TEXAS MAN FATALLY SHOOTS HIS SISTER BEFORE TURNING GUN ON HIMSELF IN SUSPECTED MURDER-SUICIDE

Gary Mangold, the owner of the property, said he found the two bodies around 3 p.m. on Tuesday in a remote part of his land that is covered by trees and brush.

“It’s just closure for the family now, and that’s good. At least they know. Not knowing is a terrible thing,” Mangold told San Antonio’s KSAT station.

Police traced Sanchez’s car to the edge of the private property on Sunday but did not go past the cattle fence line, Mangold said. The bodies were behind the cattle line, about 100 yards away from where police found the car, he said.

Jaramillo was arrested for aggravated assault after holding a knife to Sanchez’ throat on Memorial Day, Sanchez’ sister, Blasa Carrillo, told KSAT. Sanchez was granted a magistrate’s emergency order of protection against Jaramillo after the incident, police confirmed.

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Police have not released a motive for why Jaramillo allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend.

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Democratic megadonor Ed Buck now facing allegations of human trafficking, revenge porn

Ed Buck, the California Democratic megadonor suspected in the deaths of two black men who suffered fatal crystal methamphetamine overdoses in his home 18 months apart, is now facing allegations of human trafficking and revenge porn, according to a new report.

The Daily Beast reported that the family of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore has made the new allegations as part of an ongoing civil case against Buck, who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic Party candidates in California and is well known in LGBTQ political circles. Moore died of a methamphetamine overdose in July 2017. He was found naked on a mattress in Buck’s living room, which was littered with drug paraphernalia.

The complaint by Moore’s family previously alleged that Buck injected Moore with crystal meth and required Moore to view “hardcore gay male pornography which played loudly on a large flatscreen television set,” while engaging in sex acts, according to the Beast.

SECOND MAN FOUND DEAD OF OVERDOSE WITH DEMOCRATIC DONOR ED  BUCK WAS NO DRUG ABUSER, FRIENDS SAY

The latest allegation from Moore’s family claims that Buck “knowingly utilized interstate commerce for the purpose of recruiting, enticing and transporting” Moore from Texas to Los Angeles, for “commercial sex acts.”

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The family of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore has filed a civil complaint against Ed Buck,  who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic Party candidates and is well known in LGBTQ political circles. (AP-Facebook) 

The complaint claims that Buck paid for Moore’s transportation and promised to pay Moore for the rendezvous. It also said Buck distributed a sexually explicit video recording of Moore to “one of several unnamed defendants” in April of this year.

The case was originally filed in Los Angeles Superior Court but moved to federal court in May.

Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, didn’t return Fox News’ calls or emails, but told the Daily Beast that he would “reserve our comment to our court filings and we will be aggressively litigating this.”

The second man who died at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment, 55-year-old Timothy Dean, also suffered a methamphetamine overdose, according to a report.

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Prosecutors didn’t file criminal charges, citing insufficient evidence.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Investigator Quilmes Rodriguez didn’t return Fox News’ email about the current status of the investigation.

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Democratic megadonor Ed Buck now facing allegations of human trafficking, revenge porn

Ed Buck, the California Democratic megadonor suspected in the deaths of two black men who suffered fatal crystal methamphetamine overdoses in his home 18 months apart, is now facing allegations of human trafficking and revenge porn, according to a new report.

The Daily Beast reported that the family of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore has made the new allegations as part of an ongoing civil case against Buck, who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic Party candidates in California and is well known in LGBTQ political circles. Moore died of a methamphetamine overdose in July 2017. He was found naked on a mattress in Buck’s living room, which was littered with drug paraphernalia.

The complaint by Moore’s family previously alleged that Buck injected Moore with crystal meth and required Moore to view “hardcore gay male pornography which played loudly on a large flatscreen television set,” while engaging in sex acts, according to the Beast.

SECOND MAN FOUND DEAD OF OVERDOSE WITH DEMOCRATIC DONOR ED  BUCK WAS NO DRUG ABUSER, FRIENDS SAY

The latest allegation from Moore’s family claims that Buck “knowingly utilized interstate commerce for the purpose of recruiting, enticing and transporting” Moore from Texas to Los Angeles, for “commercial sex acts.”

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The family of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore has filed a civil complaint against Ed Buck,  who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic Party candidates and is well known in LGBTQ political circles. (AP-Facebook) 

The complaint claims that Buck paid for Moore’s transportation and promised to pay Moore for the rendezvous. It also said Buck distributed a sexually explicit video recording of Moore to “one of several unnamed defendants” in April of this year.

The case was originally filed in Los Angeles Superior Court but moved to federal court in May.

Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, didn’t return Fox News’ calls or emails, but told the Daily Beast that he would “reserve our comment to our court filings and we will be aggressively litigating this.”

The second man who died at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment, 55-year-old Timothy Dean, also suffered a methamphetamine overdose, according to a report.

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Prosecutors didn’t file criminal charges, citing insufficient evidence.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Investigator Quilmes Rodriguez didn’t return Fox News’ email about the current status of the investigation.

Click for more from the Daily Beast.

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Texas lawyers argue for end of ObamaCare in case that could decide fate of health plan

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One of the nation’s most conservative federal appeals courts heard opening arguments Tuesday in a case that could determine the future of the Affordable Care Act and seemed destined to make its way to the Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in Texas vs. the United States, which seeks to determine whether Congress effectively invalidated former President Barack Obama’s entire signature health care law when it zeroed out the tax imposed on those who chose not to buy insurance.

Speaking on behalf of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the 18 other states involved in the case, the state’s Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins urged the panel to rule that ObamaCare is unconstitutional in its entirety, arguing that when Congress enacted President Trump’s tax overhaul, it rendered ObamaCare unconstitutional by doing away with the tax penalty for violating the plan’s individual mandate.

It was unclear when the court would issue a ruling or if it will actually make it to the Supreme Court, but the ultimate outcome will affect protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Medicaid expansions covering roughly 12 million people, and subsidies that help about 10 million others afford health insurance.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BACKS TOTAL OVERTURN OF OBAMACARE, WILL SUPPORT STATES CHALLENGING THE LAW

Tuesday’s arguments are the latest in a lawsuit filed by Republican officials in 18 states, led by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. It was filed after Congress — which didn’t repeal the law, despite pressure from President Donald Trump — reduced to zero the unpopular tax imposed on those without insurance.

In challenging the law anew, ObamaCare opponents noted the 2012 ruling of a divided Supreme Court that upheld the law. Conservative justices had rejected the argument that Congress could require everyone to buy insurance under the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. But Chief Justice John Roberts, joining four liberal justices, said Congress did have the power to impose a tax on those without insurance.

With no tax penalty now in effect, the Texas lawsuit argues, the individual mandate is unconstitutional and the entire law must fall without it. Texas-based U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreed in a December ruling. The law’s supporters appealed.

In addition to the 18 states, two individual taxpayers are part of the lawsuit. The Trump administration is not defending the law and has filed arguments in favor of O’Connor’s ruling.

California’s attorney general represents a coalition of mostly Democratic-led states and the District of Columbia seeking to overturn O’Connor’s ruling and uphold the law. The House of Representatives has joined them. 

CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS RATTLED BY TRUMP’S PIVOT TO OBAMACARE FIGHT AFTER MUELLER SUMMARY

Among the arguments by the law’s supporters: Those who filed suit have no case because they aren’t harmed by a penalty that doesn’t exist; the reduction of the tax penalty to zero could be read as a suspension of the tax, but the tax’s legal structure still exists; and even if the individual mandate is now unconstitutional, that does not affect the rest of the law known as the Affordable Care Act.

When the law was proposed, friends and foes of ObamaCare agreed that the tax was essential to persuade healthy people to get insured, thereby keeping premiums in check. But this year — the first time no fines will be collected — the number of people signing up for subsidized private insurance through the Affordable Care Act slipped only slightly.

The government said in March that a total of 11.4 million people signed up during open enrollment season, a dip of about 300,000 from last year.

The judges hearing the arguments were 5th Circuit Judges Carolyn Dineen King, Jennifer Walker Elrod and Kurt Engelhardt. King was nominated to the appeals court by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Elrod was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2007. Engelhardt was nominated by President Donald Trump last year.

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Democratic leaders in both the Senate and the House on Tuesday warned their Republican colleagues of the costs – both political and financial – the loss of the popular ObamaCare would incur.

“These are faces of Americans, millions who will suffer if Republicans succeed in dismantling health care law,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said during a press conference Tuesday alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calf. “If the right win lawsuits, families will lose their healthcare.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Ellen Smith and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Teen arrested in Houston road rage shooting that burned tots in fireworks explosion

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A teen was arrested Monday in the Texas Fourth of July road rage shooting that caused fireworks to explode inside a moving pickup, burning two small children and their parents.

Bayron Rivera, 18, was charged with four counts of aggravated assault in connection with the incident near Ella, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told a news conference. Rivera was arrested after surrendering to deputies Sunday night.

“This started as a road rage incident,” Lt. Jeff Stauber, commander of Gonzalez’s Violent Crime Unit. “Both parties had an opportunity to break it off somewhere during the incident.”

Gonzalez said about 20 minutes elapsed between the initial encounter and the gunfire.

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The shots were fired from an AR-15 rifle, which was recovered, the sheriff said. The shots set off fireworks the family had just purchased.

A day after the shooting, Gonzalez released surveillance video showing the pickup pulling out of a gas station after being shot at and then bursting into flames as the fireworks ignite.

Investigators said they looking for a Ford Expedition seen in the video that they believed the gunman was driving and that fled the scene.

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The children, a one-year-old and a two-year-old, were severely burned. They were due to have surgery Monday and have a long road of recovery ahead of them, the sheriff said.

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At the news conference Gonzalez also told reporters that a high-powered AR-15 rifle was recovered that investigators believe was the weapon involved in the shooting.

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Louisiana man arrested after allegedly licking ice cream, placing it back on shelf in ‘copycat’ video

A “copycat” ice cream licker was arrested in Louisiana on Saturday in the weeks after he was caught on video allegedly licking ice cream in a grocery store and putting it back in the fridge.

Lenise Martin III, 36, was taken into custody after video of him circulating online apparently showed him doing the deed. Martin appears to open a tub of ice cream, lick it, touch it with his finger, and then place it back on the freezer shelf.

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Lenise Martin III, 36, was arrested after allegedly licking a tub of ice cream and placing is back on the shelf at a store in Louisiana. (Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office)

When management became aware of the video, Martin returned to the store to prove he purchased the ice cream, WAFB reported.

Martin was charged with criminal mischief and unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity, and remained jailed as of Monday morning, according to online records from the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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His alleged criminal act was seemingly inspired by that of a girl who was caught on camera doing the same thing — licking a tub of ice cream, specifically Blue Bell brand, and placing it back on the shelf — at a Walmart in Lufkin, Texas.

Reports indicate that Martin licked a tub of Blue Bell ice cream, but that information was not immediately clear. Blue Bell worked to help track down the store in Texas where the ice cream-licking took place.

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The sheriff’s office in Louisiana, meanwhile, is discouraging such copycat acts.

“It is illegal. It’s a health risk to others. We will pursue anyone we see do this. You will be charged,” officials said.

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