Disgraced former Sheriff's commander pleads not guilty

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POSTED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 4:16pm

UPDATED: Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 11:51am

Former Hidalgo County Sheriff's commander Jose Padilla pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday.  He can go home as soon as Monday. 

He is being held on a $100,000 bond on money laundering and drug charges. Federal Court Judge Dorina Ramos granted Padilla home detention, but the U.S. Marshals must look over his home first. 

Padilla asked to see his family and the judge granted him five minutes to see his wife. Sheriff Lupe Treviño fired Padilla on Thursday. Now Padilla will need to look for another job not in law enforcement as he awaits his trial. Those are judge's orders. 

Padilla was named in the indictment against accused drug trafficker Tomas "El Gallo" Gonzalez. The other members of that indictment either plead guilty or had their arraignments postponed until next week.  

If convicted, Padilla can face up to life in prison and a $10.5 million fine.  

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