Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:10 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2013 12:16 PM
EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino confirmed he's closing the Panama Unit. The drug taskforce is now the target of a federal investigation.
The Panama Unit made headlines in November, when four of its members were arrested on federal drug charges. The four were accused of escorting drug loads throughout the Valley. The taskforce was made up of Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies and Mission police officers.
The unit was originally created to help the city of Mission, which lacked resources, tackle its drug problem. The drug taskforce unit was dubbed "Panama" because of its radio call signs. It's based out of the Mission's police department headquarters. According to the sheriff, Mission police handled all the cases.
The sheriff will now meet with his command staff to determine where the five deputy slots once assigned to the Panama Unit will now go.