Driver found with cocaine bags charged with drug possession

HARLINGEN — The driver of a tractor trailer found in possession of cocaine was arraigned Monday and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a first degree felony.

Bond was set at $75,000.

The driver of the tractor trailer was identified as Floribeto Andraca, 49, of Brownsville.

Authorities had noticed the tractor trailer tailgating another vehicle and conducted a traffic stop Sunday at about 3 p.m. on Expressway 77/83.

They reported Andraca became increasingly nervous, prompting a request to search the vehicle.

Officers discovered a duffle bag in the cab of the truck with packages containing about eight kilos of cocaine.

Suspicious item found at VA Outpatient Clinic

HARLINGEN — A suspicious item found Monday in the parking lot of the Harlingen VA Outpatient Clinic, located by the UTRGV facility on Haine Drive and Treasure Hills Boulevard, forced road closures by the Harlingen Police Department.

The item was determined not to be a threat and was removed by UTRGV staff.

The Brownsville Hazardous Device Unit was called in to assist with the investigation.