Posted: Dec 14, 2012 1:04 AM
Updated: Dec 14, 2012 1:05 AM
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) Three South Texas lawmen are due in court on charges alleging they and another officer took thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for guarding shipments of cocaine.
The fourth alleged conspirator, Mission police officer Alexis Rigoberto Espinoza, appeared in federal court in McAllen on Thursday on two counts of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute. His father is police chief in the city of Hidalgo.
Jonathan Trevino, a Mission police officer whose father is Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino, and two of his father's deputies, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Duran, are due in court later Friday.
The charges have sent shockwaves through the area's law enforcement community. Lupe Trevino said Thursday he's cooperating fully with the investigation, which he says has been "devastating" to his family and department.