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Arraignment for the Fernandez family will be on Tuesday

October 31, 2011

Arraignment for the Fernandez family will be on Tuesday November 1, 2011 at 4 p.m. on 205 E 5th Ave., Amarillo.
Amy Fernandez is being charged for the purpose of evading the reporting requirements and the regulations issued thereunder, structured, attempt to structure, and attempted to assist in structuring currency transactions with one or more domestic financial institutions, by purchasing 39 cashiers checks with United States currency in amounts of $3000 or less. Jose Fernandez, Jr., Francisco Fernandez, Aaron Fernandez, and Thomas Joseph Salazar were charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and/or five kilograms or more of cocaine in the Randall, Potter, and Hutchinson County areas. The five were taken into custody on October 27, 2011 and incarcerated in Randall County Jail.


Logic.. ?

November 23, 2011 by hurricane ditka (not verified), 3 years 45 weeks ago
Comment: 918

Ok so one says she's guilty of covering up for dirty money, and the rest say they are not guilty of making dirty money.. hmmm?

Drugs in borger

November 18, 2011 by zaicam (not verified), 3 years 46 weeks ago
Comment: 912

Yes I do agree that it was about time that these individuals were removed from our streets. Just one question what took so long. I will tell you why because there are some citizens of our town that protected these people just like they continue to other drugs dealers. Some of these drug dealers are connected to some of our more prominent citizens of our town. People hide behind a facade of honesty and integrity while financially backing these drug dealers. This will continue until we stand up tell them no. No to there criminal activities. Everybody knows that there is a meth and crack dealer that lives over in the golf course addition, the sheriff's department has not raided his house not even once. Why not, maybe is because he is being protected by special interest here in Borger.

Criminals are people too!!

November 10, 2011 by hutchres (not verified), 3 years 47 weeks ago
Comment: 895

Every week in Hutchinson County, addicts plea guilty to various (generally nonviolent) crimes and go to the pen. To see these people deteriorate both physically and mentally is heartbreaking. Children are abused and neglected by addict parents and removed from their homes. If they are lucky, they will go to grandparent or other relative. If they aren't lucky, a group shelter or foster home with strangers. Can these addicts get clean and change their lives? Yes, of course. But it is the exception, not the rule. And it is a battle more difficult than most of us can even imagine.

ANYONE, be it rich business owner or street dealer, who profits from poisoning our fellow citizens should be punished to the full extent of the law.

I'm a firm believer in "innocent until proven guilty", and we don't have any convictions yet. Wonder if the chatter will change once the guilty pleas start rolling in...

Read the Bible People!!!!

November 9, 2011 by dreamsicle806 (not verified), 3 years 47 weeks ago
Comment: 893

It really makes me mad when people throw around scriptures out of the bible like (KJV) Luke 6:37..."Judge not, and ye shall not be judged." What did Jesus mean when he said, "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged"? (KJV Luke 6:37). He said this as a part of teaching about love and forgiveness. He tells us to love everyone, including our enemies, and that we should not judge them. We should forgive them.

First, we need to note that Jesus is talking about our personal relationships with other people. Our one-to-one relationships.

Second, we need read the entire BIble, not just one verse. Note that in the above verse Jesus is talking about loving and forgiving other people. He does not say we should love what they are doing (or saying). In the Bible there is a distinction between people, and their behavior.

The Bible also tells us there are things that we are supposed to hate -- sins.

Sins are behaviours and thoughts that separate us from God.

1 Corinthians 6:1-20

1Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

2Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

3Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

4If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

5I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

6But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

7Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather [suffer yourselves to] be defrauded?

8Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that [your] brethren.

9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

12All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

13Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body [is] not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

15Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make [them] the members of an harlot? God forbid.

16What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

17But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

As Christians we are to love the sinner, but hate the sin.

This means Christians are to be tolerant of others, but intolerant of sin. We are to love other people, and treat all other people with love, but that does not mean that we accept their sinful behavior. On the contrary, we are to detest and hate all sinful behavior and thoughts.

Judge behavior, not people: We now see that Jesus is telling us to not judge other people. This makes sense, we have no way to know someone else's thoughts or motives.

However, we do need to judge the behavior and speech of others.

For example: 2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us that we should not marry a non-Christian: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers". How can we tell if someone is a believer or unbeliever? We judge their behavior. James 2:14-26 shows us that we see another's faith through their behavior.

Another example: 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 tells us that if someone is an unrepentant sinner, that person should be "turned over to Satan" by excluding the sinner from Christian fellowship.

We should judge other's behavior: Throughout the Bible we see that we are to judge the behavior of others.

We should not punish: However, we are not--as Christans--to punish them. Punishment is to be left to the proper authorities (government) and God.

We should not support sin: On the other hand we should not support sinful behavior, nor should we protect people from the consequences of unrepentant sinful behavior.

Fernandez and other busted for drugs

November 8, 2011 by buddiesmama (not verified), 3 years 47 weeks ago
Comment: 891

Really ppl this is crazy!!!!! Known fact they drug dealers. they have hurt meny of ppl. we have two carpet places in town Franks and Carsons. One is fighting to keep the doors open and the other just a drives an old pick up and the other driven hummers...hummmmm lets see in todays market and with todays economy...millions out of work...cant buy food for the table but can buy carpet?????? house has been broken into by druggies to support there habbits... fact.. gun was stolen... fact... gun found in drug raid...fact...are they the big fish no...they just the middle guys....look for the 78 year old with dimonds on all fingers....are they guilty i know for fact i have right to judge YES...Should they rot in hell..NO..cuz hell would be to good for them after what they have done to my two sons...YES i know for fact what they are ...what they do...Stand behind them all you want i just wish i could stand in the front row of a firring squad to end there evil ways...judge me not till you have had to live with what they had done to my children.


November 5, 2011 by btwngrl (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 878

30 something checks,within a month, three different banks, bought with money brought into the bank in gallon sized plastic bags, smelling of chemicals, with said statement "make sure to keep this under the reporting amount" i.e. 3000$ is not legit to me in any way shape form or fashion (no pun intended).....if she wasn't hiding something....why didn't she do it the "legal" way? I have owned a business.....i didn't do business like you can say what you want but i'm going with the facts stated in the report and that was def. not legal.

one more thing

November 2, 2011 by (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 833

Someone needs to have the Borger Police Department and county officials looked into after knowing this kind of activity was going on. Why in the world did they let it go on for a year. It looks like to me, if you had enough of a case a year ago... it should have been rendered sooner. SO GLAD I dont live in this nasty town anymore!

A Year?

November 16, 2011 by Concerned citizen (not verified), 3 years 46 weeks ago
Comment: 906

I agree with you. However, this has been going on for WAY more then a year. I also want to say that I still do live in Borger, and most of the residents are good people. I would rather live here then in a nastier big city.

You reep what you sew!!

November 2, 2011 by (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 832

About time! Bottom line.... they broke the law, and you have to pay for what you do! What lies in the dark always come to the light. As far as Amy, she is one of the snottiest, rudest people I ever meet. This totally justifies when you make your bed, you must lay in it!! What comes around goes around.... Pretty sad you think you have to have money to be someone in stinky Borger TX! by frying peoples brains!!!the great thing is it took a major drug operation out of the panhandle from these pathetic, GREEDY low lives.

Fernandez Family

November 2, 2011 by concerned (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 831

The definition of a news paper is the publication, usually issued daily or weekly, containing current news, editorials, feature articles, and usually advertising. The Fernandez family Drug Bust fits into this description. It is news, so the local news paper is doing their job. Even if they were not it is plastered all over the news on TV. I am super excited that they finally got busted. Anything done in excess will come to light. It just took longer for the Fernandez family to get caught than most. I rather not have drug money infusing back into the community. The Fernandez lived a very lavish lifestyle & became way too greedy. They affected a lot of life's both negatively & positively. I am so thankful that they got caught before they ruined my grandchildren lives. I know for a fact that there are a lot of addicts around, because of their selfishness & greed. If found guilty which I don’t know how they would not be, since they are not in Hutchinson County I hope they rot in jail. I am blown away that anyone would take up for them except for those who they where supplying one way or another.

Fernandez Family

November 3, 2011 by achilles1974 (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 855

The affected a lot of people positively? Really? The only thing this family did was destroy their community. They ruined many many lives. That is was cocaine and meth do. They dealt death to some, and addiction to others. And, maybe even worse, while they sucked money illegally from the community, they simply didn't care about the lives they destroyed.

might as well

November 2, 2011 by tiffneydale (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 830

Although I do not personaly know this family, I do not CONDEMN them. It is not your place nor mine to say these things against them. Look up anyone in Borger, in one way or another, we all have dirt on us. EVEN YOU! The way I see it, there will always be crack heads and meth heads, so there will always be drug dealers. Thesepeople put alot of money back into Borger so kudos to them. Go ahead, get mad, say what you will about me. Some one is going to make the money, but not all will put back into their community. JUDGE NOT, LEST YE BE JUDGED.

It would be smart to consider both sides....

November 2, 2011 by sdturner (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 822

After reading all of the comments on the News Herald website and all over facebook, it seems to be that everyone only posts how great it is that they got caught or how sad it is that they did. Not one comment that I have read has gone to the extent as to be rational and understand both points. Yes, we all have known for a long time what has been going on but it is not our place to air someone's dirty laundry. If it was such an inconvenience when it was going on then someone should have said something then, not now, and especially not over a public forum. Even though the Fernandez family has done all of this and it has been posted for all to see doesn't mean that us as citizens have any reason to say they are guilty. If that is your opinion, that is absolutely fine, but you do have to realize that nobody will effect the courts decisions in finding them guilty or not. Anyone who commits a crime knows the consequences of their actions, and shouldn't be so naive when it's time to pay for it. Sure, they've had a "good run" but obviously it was not going to last forever. Yes, the children and the innocent or wrongly accused are going to suffer from this. That is their mom, dad, uncle, brother, and family....How would you feel? All of the family and friends knew everything that was happening so to say that it is a shame or try to keep it covered as long as they can is actually pretty ridiculous. You know what you were doing and you knew the consequences so stop trying to act like you did nothing wrong. But like I said....It is always smart to realize that there are two sides to this and you should discuss it adequately and rationally instead of blaming or criticizing, or even trying to cover up what has already been proven by the evidence, now all there is to do is wait for the trials and let the people see for themselves.

Very well said.....

November 2, 2011 by MDominguez (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 824

Nice job! It's good to see someone making a statement that isn't attacking Amy or anyone involved! Let the courts do their job!!!

I don't normally comment on

November 1, 2011 by JoJo2 (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 817

I don't normally comment on things, but this is really getting out of hand. What happened to Innocent until proven Guilty? I'm not saying they are guilty or innocent, just let the legal system try these people. If they are guilty =, they deserve to be punished to the full extent of the law, but all the comments are crazy, You could be hurting innocent people. How many innocent people are arrested? They could support their livestyle with a legal business. There is a HUGE mark up in the carpets and tiles they sold. They also worked all over the Panhandle, not just in Borger. So come on people get real. Let the legal system try them, YOU DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT!


November 1, 2011 by btwngrl (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 820

I HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!!!!! I also have the right to live in a town that is free of drug dealers and rapists.....i have the right to know what is going on in my home town, and with the people that have also come into my home and installed carpet....i have the right to say whatever i the court documents released.....they have evidence. Had they been doing it legally then explain the 30something cashiers checks Amy got in a month....and then sent her son in to do it too?????? To pay off a debt that the carpet company owed???? doesn't seem to me anyone was making it legally but hey thats my opinion, and i have a right to MY opinion.....


November 9, 2011 by buddiesmama (not verified), 3 years 47 weeks ago
Comment: 892

Our four fathers build a foundation for this counrty. A very stronge one but it has come to the attention of meny that this foundation has not been supported over the meny of years...Part of this foundation is what is called the constitution.In the constitution is the ammendments of the Bill Of Rights. In the bill of rights it state.. We have the right to freedom of the press, freedom of speach,freedom to a speedy trial And the right to have a jury of of peers.
As i have been reading all the comments written here i see that none of you know your Constitution or your Bill Of Rights..
The Borger News Herald has the right to put the DRUG BUST on the front page of the paper. They have the right to report the news of this town. To the people of this town
You have the Right of Freedom of speach to give your oppinion if it is possitive or negative it does not matter.
The people invovled have the Right to a speedy trail. So that would mean that the Borger PD and the other goverment agencies had taken the time to get all the information to properly charge these people so they could have a speedy trial. And in the Bill of Rights the have the right to a jury of there peers. And untill they choose or not choose to have a jury trial cant really say much on that.
I am very happy the BORGER NEWS HERALD reported this news and will continue to do such, on this familey and others involved. I stand behind you Borger News Herald... Keep up with the great work.
I personally only wish that the Borger News Herald would have put pictures of all nine charged so i could watch for them in my area so I could keep my home and familey and neighbors safe from these people.
Well maybe on the next drug bust in borger this is something they could do to keep in mind of.. i knew out of the nine 3 by name and two of witch didnt have a pitcure. I knew two by the pictures.. just something to think about for the news paper...Again thank you Borger News Paper for keeping us informed


November 2, 2011 by bfmcdevildog (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 826

I have seen and heard the evidence too. Those thirty something cashiers checks went where? That seems like a legit business expense to me. Just ask anyone that has a business no matter how big or small.

Do you normally pay your

November 16, 2011 by Concerned citizen (not verified), 3 years 46 weeks ago
Comment: 907

Do you normally pay your business expenses with tons of small cashiers checks? If so you are probably guilty of something (you dont want people to know where you got the money to pay your debt), or are a fool who needs a decent accountant.

Not Surprised.......

November 1, 2011 by btwngrl (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 816

I am not a bit surprised by any of this, i feel awful for the children involved and other family members that are innocent. I liked all in the family but Amy and must say i am a bit giddy everytime i see her daughter went into her store one day with enough money to buy herself three pairs of miss me jeans and some tops, and Amy quickly screamed at her "this is not for kids......GET OUT OF HERE"....she used to be quite the snob...however now most know her booboo don't smell like roses! Maybe some time among her kind will humble her a little......:)

What is pathetic is that this

November 1, 2011 by tellitlikeitis (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 814

What is pathetic is that this has gone on so long and nothing has been done about it. I can definitely understand how this all this media might upset someone, especially when it effects the drug addicts and small time drug dealers. This is the the biggest news Borger has seen in a while. Go look at the headlines on big city newspapers, they air out the same dirty laundry. The only difference is, you probably don't know those criminals personally. Check out the real world one day. Not every city keeps things so hush hush like we are all used to in Borger. *Real Talk*


November 1, 2011 by Real talk F. (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 813

The negativity Comments are amusing. Y'all actually think that of all the Fernandez's? Do yourselves a favor and just don't even bother commenting. Arguing nor agreeing with this situation isn't helping and it sure is not any of yalls business. Since y'all wanna state yalls opinion.. Well here's mine. I think Its ridiculous for the News herald to have this situation posted front page. Especially for when, where their court day is? Ha wow.. That definitely proves right there that this town is full of haters. Even if it were someone else's situation.. I still would not JUDGE nor CRITICIZE. This shows yalls true colors. Y'all are all behind a keyboard talking trash? Lol. You are all so mature!


November 1, 2011 by btwngrl (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 818

this town has always been full of haterz......but it is the news and it is public information....AND most of us that have web access and have read the documents released the other day do know some FACTS soooo, call it what you want, i don't want my name plastered all over the i don't deal dope....keep yourself legal and you don't have to worry about it....borger news isn't the only paper talking about this....amarillo is's not just some small time thing here, this was a BIG bust.

It definitely is everybody's

November 1, 2011 by tellitlikeitis (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 815

It definitely is everybody's business what goes in in their home town. We are the ones who are effected by it. We have the right to know if our neighbor is a sex offender. We have the right to know if we live in a town with a murderer. And we have a right to know if our local carpet man employees drugs users whom we allow into our home to install carpet. We have a right to know that these dishonest criminals may have had our credit cards run through their businesses. This is our city....this is our business.

Maybe the Dirty B won't be so dirty anymore.

November 1, 2011 by tellitlikeitis (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 809

Personally, I am happy about the bust. BPD spends too much manpower trying to catch the users when the big time drug suppliers are right there on MAIN STREET! I hope this bust has a positive impact on the city of Borger by possibly gaining some productive citizens. Maybe if they can't find drugs, they will look for a job.

I am curious what other illegal activities will be discovered in this investigation. It is a known fact that the Fernandez family used their money to lure young (adult) girls into engaging in (sometimes forced) sex acts and/or pornography. They were very loose about who they would approach for these things. I understand that prostitution work both ways, but the Fernandez family and their drug money aided to these acts in a sufficient way. I suppose this is what happens when fast money lands in the hands of people who were born without common morals.


November 1, 2011 by Real talk F. (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 812

You're pathetic..

Unfourtnatly theres another

November 1, 2011 by borger resident (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 811

Unfourtnatly theres another business on main street that does the same thing(sell drugs) I wont name names here but I hope it doesnt take as long to bust them as it did Franks and yes these men offered many of my friends money for sex they thougth they were untouchable but luckly someone other the borgers finest got involved

Drug Dealers

November 1, 2011 by Concerned citizen (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 805

Someone commented earlier on the "rumor mill". Where you err, sir or madam, is assuming that nobody has any facts here. Well, with most every rumor comes a little bit of fact. You (and the Borger PD) would have to be fools (or paid off) to not see what they were doing. I for one am glad the scumbags are in jail. Jealousy, as you suggested, has nothing to do with it. I am not jealous of possessions paid for with ill gotten gains. I personally lost a friend to meth. Nobody held a gun to his head and made him take it, so he is not guilt free. However, the people how deal in drugs to make this scenario possible can rot in hell or jail whichever comes first.

Drug Bust

October 31, 2011 by borger resident (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 803

In response to the first comment on this story,it is common knowledge that this family has done this for years and if you dont want to admit it you are very naive, yes many of us have seen it and the sad thing is there are still others donig same thing and have been for a while, why Borger P D lets it happen is just not right Amy Frenadez was always a snob and I for one am happy the finaly got busted

No one has been convicted of

October 31, 2011 by suckitborgernews (not verified), 3 years 49 weeks ago
Comment: 796

No one has been convicted of any crime! Amy and Frank are great people and have helped mul folks in that area. I know you have to report the news but please get the facts straight!!!

And to you others who think you know them...just by what you have heard!!!! It is amazing to me that you people that talk crap for you own enjoyment. Please get a freaking life!!! And to thatt Judy woman..who the are you to say the gossip you are spreading!!! Do u know the facts???? Have you seen it with your own eyes??? I don't think so. Were you not taught by your parents not teach you not to judge or if nothing nice to say don't say it at all. Do you not think that this is someone's daughter, sister, brother, mother, would you feel if you were in their shoes or their family's shoes!!

For the folks standing by and supporting the family thank you!!! You have no idea how much it means to the family. There are not enough words to express what it means to this family!!!

Convictions coming soon! :)

November 1, 2011 by OutofTowner (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 807

This case won't go to trial...the investigation occurred over a one year period, involving undercover agents and wire taps. It won't be hard to show that the "books" for their businesses were used as fronts to launder money in attempt to account for the income they spent on their lifestyles. The Fernandez's have already turned on each other, as well as extended family members and associates, and each will seek a plea bargain! They lived the "high life", but didn't get there by honest means! Hey, there should be some nice cars and real estate available for auction once these cases adjudicated! :)

Durg Dealers get what they deserve

October 31, 2011 by borger resident (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 804

It is amazing to me that you are so naive,they have done this for years ,its how he got his seed money for carpet store anyone in the hispanic community can tell you that.And honey its not what i heard its what ive seen they have been dealers for years its common knowledge if you refuse to see it than you are very blind yes this is someones daugther ,son ect but they made there choice years ago to do this,Amy has been a snob for years ,just walk in to her store and she looks down on you if she thinks you cant afford her store, she had money but drug money dont make you any better than anyone Im glad they got busted I only feel for the kids

A subversive response

October 31, 2011 by areasonableman (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 802

I agree wholeheartedly. It is blasphemous and downright repulsive that the Borger News Herald would report this kind of news. To report that these god-fearing Borger residents were allegedly in possession of 50+ grams of methamphetamine and/or 5+ kilograms (yes, kilograms) is just plain rude. I mean, who hasn't been tagged for packing a few bricks in the trunk from time to time? Give 'em a break, people. It's all a big misunderstanding.

I haven't

November 9, 2011 by dreamsicle806 (not verified), 3 years 47 weeks ago
Comment: 894

Well I can honestly say I have never been tagged with any bricks of anything so I disagree with your comments and opinions. If they really were God fearing people they wouldn't have went against God and did what they did. I also don't appreciate people like you even using God in your words and sentences because your just another person claiming to be for God when apparently like you said you have been tagged with bricks of drugs and a Christian wouldn't have any such thing!!!!

good one

November 1, 2011 by btwngrl (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 819


People like you make me sick.

October 31, 2011 by YoYoYo (not verified), 3 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 801

People like you make me sick. "Get the facts straight!!" ? How about "Stop supporting these drug dealers whole are destroying our community!!!" Frank and his brothers have been poisoning our streets for years while idiots like you stood by and watched. How can you sit there and try to defend these thugs? Did they buy you off too? The only ones I feel sorry for are their kids. The rest can rot in hell for all I care.

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