Prosecutors fail to get Yzaguirre bond revoked

BROWNSVILLE — An attempt by state prosecutors to revoke personal recognizance bonds for Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector Tony Yzaguirre Jr. and three others has been denied.

Magistrate Judge Alfredo Padilla declined to revoke the bonds he issued for the men earlier this month following their arrest on bribery and other charges.

Yzaguirre was one of four men from the county tax office arrested in a multi-agency investigation that temporarily shut down operations at the tax office in an operation dubbed “Dirty Deeds.”

Assistant District Attorney Rene Garza told the court that as a magistrate Padilla did not have the authority to issue personal recognizance bonds for the felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Yzaguirre was charged with four counts of bribery, a second-degree felony; engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony; and official oppression, a Class A misdemeanor.

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