Hidalgo County Officers Fired for Failing Drug Test

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 9:41am

HIDALGO COUNTY - Four officers from the sheriff's department were forced to turn in their badges after failing a routine drug test.

The sheriff's department launched an internal investigation into illegal drug use and as a result fired four officers. Tests showed a deputy, two detention sergeants and a detention officer violated the county's drug and alcohol policy. Another deputy resigned during the investigation and Sheriff Trevino says he has a very aggressive zero tolerance policy released a statement saying, "I believe the people of Hidalgo county deserve the very best, clear headed, law abiding person as their public servant."

Sheriff Trevino added, "I have directed our internal affairs unit to conduct a complete operational audit on drug cases these individuals worked during the last 12 months. No criminal charges will be filed at this time. I apologize to the people of Hidalgo county for the actions of these five employees out of our 750 strong workforce." The sheriff also ordered all executive command and command staff members to undergo drug testing. The department has conducted almost 900 employee drug tests this year alone.

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