Sheriff Trevino fires back about allegations
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Allegations about how campaign funds were collected for Sheriff Lupe Trevino, now taking the spotlight in the Panama Unit trial, as testimony continued on Thursday for former deputy Jorge Garza at the federal courthouse in McAllen.
Garza and others are accused of using their official position to stop drug traffickers and then take their load, only to resell it to others. Former deputy James Flores pleaded guilty and was on the stand testifying about the sheriff's political campaign.
He testified that higher ups, within the department, pressured him and others to sell raffle tickets which funded Sheriff Trevino's re-election campaign.
Sheriff Trevino fired back at the accusation, "I do have certain rules that I insist that are followed, rule number 1, if you are going to work on my campaign and you are my employee, you are going to do it strictly on a volunteer basis, if you do not want to work on my campaign and you do not want to be political, that's fine by me."