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Former Starr County judge plans to plead guilty in drug trafficking investigation

Former Starr County judge plans to plead guilty in drug trafficking investigation
2 months 1 week 4 days ago Friday, March 15 2024 Mar 15, 2024 March 15, 2024 7:16 PM March 15, 2024 in News - Local

A former Starr County justice of the peace plans to plead guilty in connection with a drug trafficking investigation, court documents show.

Roel Valadez Jr. was among the 19 people arrested in a September 2021 drug raid in the cities of McAllen and Rio Grande City.

READ ABOUT THE INITIAL RAID HERE

The investigation into a South Texas-based criminal organization specializing in the trafficking of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine eventually indicted a total of 26 people.

Valadez was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intention to sell, distribute or dispense.

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Court records show Valadez signed a Thursday notice of intent to plead guilty. 

Federal court records do not specify what charges Valadez intends to plead guilty too. As of Friday evening, a sentencing date has not been set. 

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