4 law­men sus­pected of tak­ing drug bribes

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - As­so­ci­ated PRESS

Three South Texas law­men — in­clud­ing the son of a prom­i­nent county sher­iff — will likely spend the week­end in jail on charges ac­cus­ing them and an­other of­fi­cer of ac­cept­ing thou­sands of dol­lars in bribes to guard ship­ments of co­caine.

On Fri­day, U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Do­rina Ramos set bail at $100,000 for Mis­sion po­lice of­fi­cer Jonathan Trevino, 29, and Hi­dalgo County sher­iff ’s deputies Fabian Rodriguez, 28, and Ger­ardo Du­ran, 30. The same bail was set a day ear­lier for their al­leged co-con­spir­a­tor, Mis­sion po­lice of­fi­cer Alexis Espinoza.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the four were mem­bers of a task force called the Panama Unit that fights drug traf­fick­ing. In­stead of com­bat­ting the drug trade, pros­e­cu­tors say the four pro­vided pro­tec­tion for it.

Trevino is the son of Hi­dalgo County Sher­iff Lupe Trevino. Espinoza is the son of Hi­dalgo Po­lice Chief Rodolfo “Rudy” Espinoza.

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