4 lawmen suspected of taking drug bribes
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.