Former Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy on trial

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POSTED: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 10:26am

UPDATED: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 10:38am

District attorney Rene Guerra says Vela, who worked in the hot checks department, was fired for refusing to testify in the criminal trial against Jorge Garza yesterday.

He was subpoenaed by defense.

Garza, a former Hidalgo county sheriffs deputy, and others are accused of using their official position to stop drug traffickers and then take their load, only to resell it to others.

"I told him to tell the truth the truth will set you free, if you plead the fifth amendment i will have to let you go, I told him you have no right to remain silent, you have the right to a lawyer to advise you, you make that decision with the advise of your lawyer, but professionally your job will be terminated if and when you plead the fifth amendment"

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