Federal Investigation Into Hidalgo Sheriff's Deputies and Mission Police Officers Continues

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Monday, December 17, 2012 - 8:34am

HIDALGO COUNTY - Three more alleged drug escorting suspects showed up in U.S.. District Court Friday. Former Mission police officer Jonathan Trevino and former Hidalgo Sheriff's deputies Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Duran.

The men were charged for helping to escort drugs. It's a crime that is slap in the face to all law enforcement members who fight to up hold the law.

"As the Sheriff of this county, I have advised my constituents that I am going to do the right thing. I have an obligation and a duty to them. We're cooperating with the investigation, we are helping them in everyway that we can," said Sheriff Lupe Trevino, Hidalgo County.

But when the badge is off, the Sheriff said he will play a different role.

"I am also a father. And as a father, I have to support my son. And I will support him to the very end," said Trevino.

These men were part of a task force called the Panama Unit. It was designed to target drug trafficking.

"When you find out something like that, when officers are involved with something like that it is a bad feeling, it is a black eye," said Sheriff Omar Lucio, Cameron County.

Sheriff Lucio said along the border temptation is to commit wrong is very high.

"The money is always there. People are always willing to pay money, people are always wanting to make money. It is unfortunate that it happens."

Two letters of indefinite suspension were given to the former Mission police officers. But at the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department, the suspected deputies took matters into their own hands.

"It is five deputies and they have all resigned. All five have resigned and two of them showed up in court this morning. The other three are under investigation," said Trevino.

Sheriff Trevino said he is not willing to release the names of the other three until the FBI and Department of Justice allege them in the case. 

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