Posted: Jul 19, 2012 6:31 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2012 6:44 PM
STARR COUNTY - A Starr County deputy remains behind bars after a hearing in federal court.
The prosecutor told Judge Dorina Ramos that Nazario Solis had committed what he called the trifecta of crimes - drugs, guns and corruption.
Solis's common-law wife and niece testified he was actually a good family man and not a danger to the community or a flight risk.
But the judge ordered him held without bond. She said there was no combination of conditions that would convince her Solis was not a danger to the community and that he would actually show up for trial.
Solis was charged with trying to exchange drugs for weapons intended for the Gulf Cartel. He's also charged with taking a bribe to protect an illegal eight-liner business.
An FBI agent testified Solis's direct boss at one time was Samuel Flores Borrego, a Gulf Cartel leader. Borrego, also known as Metro Tres, was killed in Mexico last September.
Agents said they have video and audio of Solis trying to exchange three kilos of cocaine for weapons that would be sent to the Gulf Cartel.
They also claim in 2007, DPS agents watched Solis carry a load of more than a million dollars cash across the border into Mexico. Solis was working for the Pharr Police Department at that time. That money was allegedly headed for Borrego.
Solis's lawyer Fabian Guerrero pointed out his client has never been charged for that alleged incident.
FBI agents said they have video of Solis taking a $1,100 bribe in exchange for tipping off the owner of an illegal Starr County eight-liner operation about an upcoming raid. They also claim Solis delivered 67 pounds of marijuana to a buyer for a little more than $10,000. Solis allegedly kept $1,000 of that as payment and then escorted the buyer to the Hidalgo County line.