Corrupt officers to be sentenced on drug charges

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Former members of a South Texas drug-fighting task force are among those scheduled to be sentenced on federal drug charges in McAllen.

Nine former law enforcement officers from the Hidalgo County sheriff’s office and Mission police department pleaded guilty to using their authority to steal drugs and sell them to another trafficker. Some were members of the so-called “Panama Unit,” that was created to tackle street-level drug crime in Mission.

Among those to be sentenced Tuesday is the son of former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino, who resigned and then pleaded guilty to money laundering earlier this month.

Federal investigators arrested the first of the corrupt officers in December 2012. The trafficker who bought the drugs from the corrupt officers and his son are also scheduled to be sentenced. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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