Even the authorities that are responsible for arresting and charging drug
offenders in Texas can sometimes get into trouble. Recently, The Washington
Post reported that the Texas Anti-Drug Task Force has been charged with
guarding large amounts of
cocaine. The task force was bribed to guard the shipments in exchange for a large
sum of money, and they chose to compromise their role as anti-drug task
force employees in order to make a little extra cash.
The incident happened in McAllen, Texas, when the three lawmen were arrested
and charged with taking thousands of dollars in bribes. They are all being
held in a South Texas jail and their bonds were each set at $100,000.
The officers will appear in court this Friday for a first hearing on the
incident. According to the reports, one of the men is 39-year-old Jonathan
Trevino, who is the son of a prominent Hidalgo County Sherriff. The two
others are Hidalgo sheriff’s deputies. The U.S. Magistrate Judge
who will look at the case says that it is highly unlikely that the criminals
will be released from jail before Christmas.
All three of the offenders were taken into custody last week and the federal
prosecutors announced the charges shortly after. Law enforcement authorities
in the area were shocked when they discovered that their partners were
hiding a stash of an illegal drug. All three men were members of the Panama
Unit, which is a task force that is specifically devoted to combatting
the drug trade. Whether you are a civilian or a law enforcement officer,
if you are caught in possession of drugs or are found to be hiding narcotics
for compensation, then you can be prosecuted. Contact a
Plano County drug crimes lawyer at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC if you need an attorney to represent you in
court due to a drug charge.