11 Arrests in Undercover Operation

A total of 11 clerks and or employees of local businesses were arrested for selling alcohol to minors. The results are the outcome of an undercover operation executed by the Starr County Special Crimes Unit (SCU).


Investigators visited 45 locations throughout the county. Most of them did not sell alcohol to the undercover minors.  We want to thank the following stores, their owners, and the employees for upholding the laws of TEXAS:


T&R Drive Thru/La Grulla

Stripes/Alto Bonito

Traviezos Drive Thru/Alto Bonito

Dollar General/Alto Bonito

Border Town Foods/Alto Bonito

Casadores Drive Thru/Alto Bonito

Mi Ranchito/Alto Bonito

Los Primos/Alto Bonito

Mi Ranchito/La Victoria

Hillside Grocery/El Poso

Circle 7/Alto Bonito

La Palma Grocery/La Casita

EFB Country Store/Rio Grande City

Hit&Run Drive Thru/Rio Grande City

Exxon El Tigre/Embassy/Rio Grande City


El 20/Las Lomas

Salinas/Las Lomas

Mendoza’s/Las Lomas

AJ’s/North Embassy/Rio Grande City

755 Quick Stop/La Carla

Exxon Quick Stop/Rio Grande City

Border Town/Flores/Rio Grande City

Buddy’s/Rio Grande City

  1. Lauro’s/Los Trevinos

Tony’s/Los Trevinos

Auto Deposito Nuevo Leon/Los Trevinos

AJ’s #1/Los Trevinos

Stripes/North FM 3167/Rio Grande City

Los Altos Drive Thru/Rio Grande City

Quest Express/Roma

Six Pack Corner/Roma


Lilly’s Drive Thru/Escobares


The following is the list of those arrested:


Maria Melgoza, 35, of Weslaco /A&M Grocery in La Grulla


Nallely Villarreal Garza, 27, of La Grulla/Jr. Grocery in Alto Bonito.


Yocelyn Vela Diaz, 20, of La Victoria/General Pancho Villa Drive Thru in La Casita.


Liselle De La Cruz, 22, of Rio Grande City/Country Store #1 in Rio Grande City.


Juanita D. Alanis De Salinas, 59, of Rio Grande City/Salinas Drive Thru in Rio Grande City.


Maria Saenz, 59, of Rio Grande City/La Mexicana Drive Thru in Rio Grande City.


Maria De Jesus Duran Rodriguez, 34, of Rio Grande City/Fairground Mart in Rio Grande City.


Arlene Itzbel Pena, 45, of Roma/Mireya’s Drive Thru in Escobares.


Rodolfo Alvarez, 25, of Roma/J&M Drive Thru in Roma.


Pablo Garcia Gomez, 38, of Mission/KoKo Bongo #2 in Roma.


Jose Guadalupe Garcia, 45 of Roma/Texaco Food Mart in Roma.

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