San Antonio, Texas, December 8, 2016: Bexar County Criminal District Attorney Nico LaHood announces the launch of the new Border Prosecution Unit in Bexar County. The Border Prosecution Unit will focus on the prosecution of any border crime-related cases, such as human trafficking, organized crime, narcotics, weapons, and gangs.
The newly-formed unit will consist of an experienced prosecutor who will assist local, state, and federal agencies assigned to the Texas Anti-Gang (or T.A.G.) Center. Specifically, the Assistant Criminal District Attorney assigned to the Border Prosecution Unit will assist with legal advice as well as review and draft affidavits relating to arrest warrants, search warrants, electronic surveillance, mobile tracking devices, and stored communications in ongoing investigations. Additionally, the assigned ADA will coordinate with prosecutors from other Border Prosecution Units in the effort to target criminal enterprises, which operate across multiple jurisdictions in their effort to evade detection and justice. The Border Prosecution Unit program is a grant-based initiative that provides the necessary funding to support the prosecution resources and training as part of a collaborative initiative of District Attorney’s Offices state-wide who handle border-related crime cases.
Anton E. “Tony” Hackebeil, a former District Attorney and well-respected attorney, is leaving private practice to head the unit. Hackebeil has over 30 years of experience practicing law, including serving four terms as the elected District Attorney for the 38th Judicial District in Real and Uvalde Counties. Additionally, Hackebeil is a former Assistant District Attorney with the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.
“It is critical to have the right person head this Unit,” said Bexar County Criminal District Attorney Nico LaHood. “Our community’s safety is a priority in prosecuting these types of criminal organizations. Tony brings the balance, experience and toughness necessary to serve the community.”
According to the Office of the Governor, they have provided over $4 million in grant funds state-wide to support the Border Prosecution Unit. The Unit is made up of more than a dozen district and county attorneys within the Texas border region to focus on border-related cases.