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Posted: Dec 14, 2012 12:13 PM

Updated: Dec 17, 2012 9:08 AM

MCALLEN - Three men, who worked as part of a drug task force, appeared before a judge this morning.

Jonathan Trevino, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Duran are accused of providing protective escorts for drug loads. A judge set a $100,000 bond for each of the men. They must also meet certain conditions that include surrendering their passports, staying in the southern district of Texas, finding work that isn't related to law enforcement and refraining from contact with each other. They must also not have firearms in their possession or in their home.

The judge said the three men are expected to stay in custody until Monday.

A fourth man, Alexis Espinoza, was charged in connection with the case yesterday. He and Trevino worked for the Mission Police Department and were part of the Panama Unit task force. The Mission police chief said yesterday the men were fired after their arrests.

Espinoza is the son of the Hidalgo police chief; Trevino is the son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with Trevino at the courthouse. He said his family has met the requirements for his son's release.

Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza released a statement. It's included below, as well as a statement the Hidalgo County sheriff posted on his Facebook page.

Statement from Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza:

Today, I am in support of the federal agencies, as well as any local police units, that are involved in the federal probe related to allegations of police misconduct within a special task force for the Mission Police Department.

It is unfortunate that a close family member is involved in these proceedings, but as a longtime supporter and enforcer of the justice system, I believe that all allegations and police investigations must proceed with clear definition and with proper course.

Statement posted on the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Facebook page:

I would sincerely like to show my appreciation to the hundreds of friends that have contacted my family demonstrating their support during this very hard and difficult time. I promise all my constituents that I will meet my obligation and duty as Sheriff of Hidalgo County by fully cooperating with all investigating agencies and exposing corruption But I also promise to meet my duty as a father by supporting my son till the very end. After all he is my son and that's what families do. I will meet both of my obligations by doing the right thing. Thank you and God Bless You. Sheriff Lupe Trevino

Topics: drug conspiracy, hidalgo county, drug task force

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