Hidalgo County, Texas – In a rare occurrence, one day last month a U.S. District Judge sentenced a crooked border cop to five years of federal time for spitting on his badge.
All the other features of the same, sad old story were in evidence. The local broadcast media suppressed the name of the known drug trafficker who contributed an admitted $25,000 to Sheriff Lupe Trevino's election campaign, though it's a matter of record for all to see, filed away in the Elections Office in the courthouse at Edinburgh. That figure is double what is inscribed on the record.
The story mentions the fact that Trevino's son, who lived in his home at the time, had along with other members of the local drug task force got caught stealing drug shipments from dope smugglers, then selling the contraband at cut rate prices to certain other dope merchants. They just didn't give their names, or mention exactly what legal action the government is taking against them, if any.
The story did mention that U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez broke away from sentencing guidelines to give the Sheriff an additional year behind bars. The television reporters featured her words as she passed sentence, saying, "You knew that this person was a drug trafficker," Alvarez said. "You are contributing to the problem that we have in this county."
"I'm sorry. It happened. I did it," Trevino replied.
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