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  • 6th Former Lawmen Pleads Guilty in Panama Unit Conspiracy Case Play Video

    June 28, 2013 11:50 AM

    MCALLEN - Two more guilty pleas were entered in connection with the Panama Unit conspiracy case this morning. Fabian Rodriguez, a former Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. He's the sixth former law enforcement officer who pleaded... more »
  • Ex-Panama Unit Member to Remain in Jail

    February 22, 2013 1:41 PM

    MCALLEN - A former member of the now-disbanded drug taskforce will stay in jail. An FBI agent told a judge Fabian Rodriguez directly contacted Gerardo Duran, a co-defendant in the case. This is the second violation of the terms of his bond. Last week, a judge revoked Rodriguez's... more »
  • Bond Revoked for Ex-Panama Unit Member

    February 14, 2013 12:37 PM

    MCALLEN - A former narcotics officer is heading to jail, after his bond was revoked. Fabian Rodriguez is one of four members of the now-defunct Panama Unit accused of helping escort drug loads. A federal judge ruled Rodriguez violated a condition of release by indirectly sending a message to... more »
  • Trial Date Set for Former Lawmen

    January 18, 2013 12:55 PM

    McALLEN - A trial date has been set for four former lawmen accused of accepting bribes to escort drug loads. Fabian Rodriguez, Johathan Trevino, Alexis Espinoza and Gerardo Mendoza-Duran will be in court on March 1 for a pre-trial hearing. Jury selection will happen on March 5. A... more »
  • Panama Unit Members Indicted

    January 9, 2013 4:25 PM

    McALLEN - A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted four former members of Hidalgo County's now-disbanded Panama Unit. The grand jury returned a six-count indictment against Jonathan Trevino, Alexis Rigoberto Espinoza, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Mendoza-Duran. The indictment includes one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent... more »
  • Records Reveal Details of Alleged Drug Escort Scheme

    December 14, 2012 7:42 PM

    McALLEN - Federal records reveal how four former lawmen allegedly escorted drug loads throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Federal agents organized operations to gather evidence against the four suspects. Alexis Espinoza, Jonathan Trevino, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Duran were arrested Wednesday on drug conspiracy charges. Espinosa and... more »
  • Sheriff Shows Support for Arrested Son

    December 14, 2012 7:38 PM

    McALLEN - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino was in court Friday, but this time as a spectator. Trevino entered a federal court in McAllen to see his son be charged in a federal drug case. The sheriff's son, Jonathan Trevino, and three other former lawmen have been charged... more »
  • 5 Hidalgo County Deputies Asked to Resign

    December 14, 2012 5:33 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino asked for the resignation of five deputies in the wake of a federal investigation. The five deputies resigned during the past 48 hours. Trevino said the deputies were part of the Panama Unit anti-drug task force. Two of the unit's... more »
  • State Agency Releases Records of Arrested Lawmen

    December 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    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... more »
  • Lawmen to Spend Weekend in Jail on Drug Charges

    December 14, 2012 4:41 PM

    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... more »
  • Arrested Officer Was Assigned to ICE Drug Task Force

    December 13, 2012 10:44 PM

    MISSION - One of four lawmen arrested on drug charges Wednesday was working with a federal drug task force, officials said. Alexis Espinoza was working with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement task force. He also was a Mission police officer, Mission Police Chief Martin Garza said. Espinoza, Jonathan... more »
  • Hidalgo DA to Review Cases in Wake of Lawmen's Arrests

    December 13, 2012 8:00 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra has ordered a review of all drug cases involving four lawmen charged in a federal drug conspiracy case. Guerra asked the Mission Police Department and the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department for all the cases and names of the people the arrested... more »
  • Lupe Trevino Speaks About His Son's Arrest

    December 13, 2012 7:43 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino spoke about his son's arrest on drug conspiracy charges. The sheriff's son, Jonathan Trevino, and Alexis Espinoza, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Duran were taken into federal custody for their alleged role in a scheme to protect drug loads in exchange for money.... more »
  • Mission Officers Dismissed in Wake of Investigation

    December 13, 2012 4:23 PM

    McALLEN - The Mission Police Department dismissed officers Alexis Espinoza and Jonathan Trevino in the wake of a federal investigation on drug conspiracy charges. Espinoza, Trevino and Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Duran, with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department, are all charged in a drug conspiracy case. Trevino is... more »

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