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Records: McAllen ISD teacher admits to working for Mexican drug trafficking organization

A McAllen Independent School District teacher has been placed on administrative leave after federal investigators say he admitted to working for a Mexican drug trafficking organization since 2016.

A McAllen Independent School District teacher has been placed on administrative leave after federal investigators say he admitted to working for a Mexican drug trafficking organization since 2016.

Federal investigators learned about Jorge Ignacio Cavazos' alleged drug trafficking involvement when an informant positively identified him as a recipient of narcotics for a drug trafficking organization (DTO), operating out of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.

According to the informant, on several occasions, drugs were smuggled across the border and turned over to Cavazos once inside the United States. During an interview with federal investigators on Monday, Cavazos said the drug trafficking organization sent vehicles loaded with narcotics on a weekly basis.

According to the criminal complaint:

“CAVAZOS stated he was responsible for receiving the vehicle in the United States and extracting packages of several kilograms of cocaine and sometimes other narcotics from hidden compartments within the vehicle.”

Cavazos — a Spanish teacher at Lincoln Middle School — has been placed on administrative leave, according to the district.

McAllen ISD's statement to CBS 4 News reads in full:

On late Wednesday evening, we secured confirmation of the arrest of one of our teachers. We are following our protocols and have placed him on Administrative Leave and are notifying the Texas Education Agency of the situation. Due to laws protecting privacy rights, we are limited in the information we can disclose. However, we want to reassure the community that the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are committed to maintaining a school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.

Court records show Cavazos will remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing Friday.

CBS 4 News has reached out to Cavazo's attorney, Eric Jarvis, who has not released a comment at this time.

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