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Cameron County District Attorney Yearend Report

PRIORITY MISSION: To Regain the Public’s Trust in the Office

To Capture Amit Livingston 

I. RENEWED WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES

A. Offices of the United States Attorneys: Information shared with the Office on a

continuous basis.

B. F.B.I.: Two assistant district attorneys and one district attorney investigator assigned

to work with the Bureau.

C. U.S. Marshals Service: District Attorney’s Office has participated with the U.S.

Marshals on two fugitive special operations.

D. Department of Homeland Security: DHS served as the primary partner in

Operation Bishop aimed at ending illegal gambling.

E. D.E.A.: Two district attorney investigators assigned to the Agency with one

investigator serving as a D.E.A. group supervisor.

II. INTERNAL RESTRUCTURING OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S

OFFICE

A. Intake: Implemented a new, case intake system that processes cases faster thus,

alleviating the jail-overcrowding problem.

B. Pre-Trial Diversion Program: Modified the PTD Program so that defendants

charged with serious second- and first-degree felony crimes do not qualify.

C. Bail Bonds: Implemented a new, bail bond forfeiture collection doubling the

amount of bond forfeitures collected.

D. Child Abuse Unit: Established a new, sexual assault of children unit that has

improved the processing of cases involving children. Offenders are now receiving

tougher sentences.

III. SPECIAL OPERATIONS

A. Operation Bishop: Multi-agency task force that has closed down 97 percent of

illegal-gambling establishments in the County.

B. Operation Magnet: Multi-agency task force that apprehended sexual assault

fugitives.

C. Operation Safe Streets: Partnership with Homeland Security Investigations, the

U.S. Marshals, the U.S. Border Patrol, Sheriff’s Department and Constables’ offices

aimed at apprehending violent crime fugitives.

D. Financial Asset Seizure Team: Partnership with Brownsville P.D., Harlingen P.D.

and Homeland Security to establish a multi-disciplinary task force dedicated to the

detection, identification, disruption and dismantling of illicit networks and moneylaundering

methods used by cartels.

REPORT

I. RENEWED WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES

II. INTERNAL RESTRUCTURING OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

BOND FORFEITURES – COLLECTIONS

COURT 2012 2013 Difference

COUNTY $15,368.01 $80,395.33 $64,027.32

DISTRICT $85,085.61 $152,356.36 $67,270.75

TOTAL $101,453.62 $232,751.69 $131,298.07

YEAR-END

For years, bail bond companies

were able to avoid on-time

payment of their required fees

to the County. Fees collected go

to the Road and BridgeCounty

budget allowing for additional

resources to be provided to

taxpayers. The DA’s Office

took a vigilant approach at

collecting those fees.

A consolidated intake system was

implemented allowing for the timely

processing of cases, reducing taxpayer

costs and alleviating jail

overcrowding. 

The DA’s Office has re-established its relationship with

the U.S. Attorney’s Office after more than eight years of it

being non-existent. Rick Lara, Assistant U.S. Attorney In-

Charge for the Brownsville Branch, called the initial

meeting earlier this year a “historic event.”

“We haven’t had this cooperative effort in a very long

time,” Lara said. “I attribute that to Luis (Saenz) coming

to me.” Lara stressed the importance of “mending those

fences” and utilizing each other’s organizations as a

resource.

The DA’s Office is also currently working with the F.B.I.,

U.S. Marshals, Homeland Security and the D.E.A.

REPORT

“Our inmate count is the lowest it’s been in the

past eight years. We attribute this to your

leadership and direction as the District Attorney.

We’ve also been able to accommodate additional

USMS inmates that assist the county coffers.”

~Chief Jailer Mike Leinart, Nov. 5, 2013

Please let your staff know we are appreciative of the

working relationship we have with your office. We are

here to serve. 

964 E. Harrison St. ~ Brownsville, Texas ~ (956) 544-0849 ~ www.cameroncountyda.com

 

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