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Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:41 PM

Updated: Dec 17, 2012 9:07 AM

McALLEN - Four Rio Grande Valley lawmen charged in a federal drug case will spend the weekend behind bars.

Alexis Espinoza, Jonathan Trevino, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Duran were arrested Wednesday on drug conspiracy charges.

Espinosa and Trevino were fired from the Mission Police Department on Thursday. Rodriguez and Duran are deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department.

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

Espinoza went before a judge Thursday. Rodriguez, Duran and Trevino were in court Friday morning.

Police said Rodriguez, Duran and Trevino worked with Hidalgo County's Panama Unit anti-drug task force. Espinoza was part of a federal drug interdiction force.

Federal officials said the four men accepted thousands of dollars in bribes to escort and protect cocaine shipments.

A judge set Rodriguez, Duran and Trevino's bonds at $100,000 each. The judge later decided to hold the men.

The four suspects are in the custody of U.S. Marshals.

Topics: alexis espinoza, jonathan trevino, fabian rodriguez, gerardo duran, mcallen, drug charges

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