Federal Drug Bust Nabs the Sons of Hidalgo County Sheriff and Police Chief

Four police officers in the Rio Grande Valley, including the son of Hidalgo County sheriff Lupe Treviño, are accused of taking payoffs to protect cocaine shipments along the Mexican border. 
Fri December 14, 2012 7:40 pm
AP Photo/The Monitor | Joel Martinez

The extent to which the Texas border is affected by Mexican drug cartels is the subject of ongoing, and often quite politicized, debate. But according to a federal investigation that officially became public on Thursday, there’s at least one thing that the Rio Grande Valley has in common with the other side: some of the good guys might be bad guys. 

As Jared Taylor and Ildefonso Ortiz of the  Monitor reported, four Rio Grande Valley police officers are facing federal drug conspiracy charges, including the son of three-term Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño (pictured above at a press conference for one of his own investigations last spring).

Wrote Taylor and Ortiz:

Mission police officer Alexis Espinoza, 29, of Alamo, was arrested Wednesday evening and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos this morning. Espinoza is the son of Hidalgo police Chief Rudy Espinoza, who was hired from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office in October. 

Also charged is Jonathan Treviño, 28, a Mission police officer and son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño. Treviño went into federal custody Thursday evening and was released, authorities said, before returning to custody this afternoon, when he was placed under arrest. 

Mission Police Chief Martin Garza said Thursday afternoon that Treviño and Espinoza both have been indefinitely suspended without pay.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño confirmed to the Monitor on Thursday

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