Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:26 PM
Updated: Dec 17, 2012 9:06 AM
McALLLEN - The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education on Friday released its records of four Rio Grande Valley lawmen implicated in a federal drug investigation.
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 resigned from their posts as 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.
Duran became a licensed peace officer in 2008 and accepted a job with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department. He underwent extensive training in crime investigation, driving, weapons and special investigations. He also worked as a jailer with the county.
Rodriguez became a licensed peace officer in 2007 and accepted a job with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department. Rodriguez had no specialized training, according to TCLOSE.
Trevino received his peace officer license in 2006 and took a job with the Mission Police Department. He has several hours of training in narcotics, according to TCLOSE.
Espinoza became licensed in 2007. He was hired by the Mission Police Department. TCLOSE records show he had special training in human trafficking and narcotics. The agency reports that a complaint was filed against Espinoza in 2007 for an arrest. The report does not mention what action was taken.
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