Roma Officers Arrested in Federal Indictment

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Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 8:59am

Two Roma police officers and five other suspects were arrested on Tuesday as the result of a federal indictment and charging each one with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana since August of 2006.

Roma officers Jose Omar Garcia and his brother Roel Roberto Garcia appeared before a judge in federal court in McAllen. The two and five other individuals were named in an indictment which was the result of a organized crime investigation called "X-Men" by a drug enforcement task force. An investigation, affiliated with Project Deliverance, which is the largest Department of Justice special operations division and targets Mexican drug cartel infrastructure.

On the conspiracy count charge against each of the defendants, if found guilty, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $1 million dollars.

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