We’re now at the end of day five of the trial for former Mission Police Officer Hector “JoJo” Mendez.
As a federal agent walked in front of the jury box wearing black latex gloves, the 14 members of the jury looked at pieces of evidence found in Hector Mendez’s home last July.
Special Agent Scott Atwood testified that during a search of Mendez’s home, investigators retrieved documents pertaining to the case, as well as burned cell phones, sim cards, and a key, all in a stainless steel pot. Investigators also found a charcoal grill with documents still smoldering in the defendant’s backyard.
Prosecutors also presented to the jury multiple identification cards and a passport. None of which belonged to Hector Mendez.
A former DEA group supervisor also testified that the defendant did not act according to normal procedure by storing the 15 bundles of cocaine at Mission PD. But to counter his testimony, Defense Attorney Carlos Garcia brought up an unrelated case in which 217 kilograms of cocaine were all stored at Mission PD for several months.
As of right now it’s not clear how long before a verdict is reached but court is expected to resume for day six tomorrow morning.