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  • Panama Unit Case Grows

    March 6, 2013 7:46 PM

    McALLEN - A superseding indictment was handed down Wednesday in a case involving former Rio Grande Valley lawmen and alleged drug smugglers. A grand jury indicted three more ex-Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies in connection with the now-disbanded Panama Unit drug taskforce case. Three others were also named in Wednesday'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    MCALLEN - A former narcotics officer is heading to jail, after his bond was revoked.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 »
  • 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 »
  • Lawmen Implicated in Drug Case were Part of Special Unit

    December 13, 2012 5:47 PM

    EDINBURG - Four Rio Grande Valley lawmen charged in a drug conspiracy case were members of a special drug team dubbed the Panama Unit. Hidalgo County officials said the task force was created to target drug trafficking. The unit is comprised of Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies and Mission police... more »
  • Feds Say Lawmen Were Paid to Protect Drug Loads

    December 13, 2012 5:30 PM

    McALLEN - Four Rio Grande Valley law enforcement officers were paid thousands of dollars to escort drug loads, federal officials said. Alexis Espinoza, Jonathan Trevino, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Duran were arrested on drug conspiracy charges. Espinosa and Trevino were fired from the Mission Police Department on Thursday.... 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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