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New leads on murder of border patrol agent in Texas links case to drug-smuggling brothers in New Mexico

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The FBI and US Customs and Border Protection may have new information concerning two brothers and their suspected involvement in the November murder of a Border Patrol agent.

Two men have possibly been connected to the murder of 36-year-old Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was attacked and killed with rocks on November 19 outside of Van Horn, Texas.

Investigators claim that an informant had heard from a “coyote” (a human trafficker who smuggles people into the USA), who claimed to know of two men who recently crossed the Mexican border and admitted to attacking the agents.

As the investigation unfolded, the clues led to a 2004 sedan, two brothers in New Mexico and information that the car was in the border area at the time of the murder.

The brothers denied everything, but a woman who was allegedly with them at the time claimed she overheard one of the brothers talking on the phone about smuggling meth and heroin- leading investigators to believe the brother was smuggling the drugs in backpacks over the border.

According to KRQE, a search warrant has been issued for the car, not linking the vehicle to the murder, but still allowing for it to be tested for DNA, fluids and soil. THe vehicle reportedly has a red stain on the seat, among other clues.

Investigators have taken one of the brothers into custody for entering the country illegally.

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