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Posted: Aug 6, 2013 12:56 PM

Updated: Aug 6, 2013 2:48 PM

MCALLEN - A jury has found a former Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a thousand kilograms or more of marijuana.

Prosecutors claimed Jorge Garza took drugs from smugglers and resold them to traffickers. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. Garza was ordered into custody until a hearing tomorrow, which will determine if he'll remain on bond.

Closing arguments were heard this morning and jurors began deliberation around 11 a.m. The trial began last week.

Eight former law enforcement officers have already pleaded guilty in connection with the case. Several were members of the now-defunct drug taskforce known as the Panama Unit.

Topics: McAllen, former deputy, Hidalgo County, drug trafficking, Jorge Garza, trial, jury, deliberation, verdict

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