Suspected arsonist caught with 60 Xanax pills during arrest at Progreso bridge

Bryan Guerrero

A 19-year-old suspected arsonist picked up an additional drug charge Tuesday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers held him on a warrant for the Progreso Police Department when he tried to enter the country.

Officers arrested Bryan Guerrero on a warrant for arson at about 12:35 p.m., and during a pat down, police found 60 generic Xanax pills.

The alleged arson happened in the 400 block of Shelby Street in Weslaco at approximately 2:14 a.m. Dec. 19.

The reporting person told an officer he had woken up because his dogs were barking, which is when he discovered his truck had been set on fire, according to the affidavit.

The entire incident was caught on video, and the man recognized the suspect as Guerrero, who he had previously been caught on video committing a theft, according to police.

“Officer Sotelo proceeded to check the maroon Chevrolet pickup truck parked in front of the residence and found the rock used to break the front passenger window inside the vehicle and a plastic bottle which contained gasoline” the affidavit stated. “The vehicle sustained extensive damages.”

Police met with Guerrero on Dec. 27 and the officer noted that he had a new haircut and perfectly trimmed eyebrows.

Authorities, however, apparently did not immediately arrest Guerrero until Tuesday.

He remained jailed Thursday at the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on a total of $60,000 in bonds.