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Posted: Jan 12, 2014 11:31 AM

Updated: Jan 12, 2014 11:31 AM

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) A South Texas sheriff says he's returned two $5,000 campaign contributions that his second-in-command hand delivered in 2011 and 2012 from a man arrested last year for drug trafficking.

The Monitor in McAllen reports (http://bit.ly/19mHdqv ) campaign finance reports show Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino's campaign wrote checks to return the donations to Tomas "El Gallo" Gonzalez.

Trevino says he had concerns about Gonzalez's reputation. But he says he never suspected his commander, Jose Padilla, who brought the bags with cash.

Padilla was arrested Dec. 24. Federal prosecutors have linked him to Gonzalez.

Trevino denies ever meeting Gonzalez. He has speculated that the alleged trafficker either wanted to make it look like he had influence with the sheriff, or was interested in Trevino's re-election because of someone on the sheriff's staff.

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Information from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com

Topics: Officer-Corruption Probe

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