Police officers are generally entrusted with protecting the public and enforcing laws. There are some law enforcement officials who specifically focus on fighting drugs. However, this position of power can lead to allegations of corruption and abuse. Four law enforcement officials were recently arrested on drug charges in Texas for the crime of assisting narcotic dealers to traffic cocaine. Surprisingly, one of those arrested was the son of a local sheriff.
The four police officers are being accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes from drug dealers to ensure the safe passage of large cocaine shipments. Two of the defendants in the case were members of a task force formed by two agencies in order to stop drug trafficking. Also, two of the suspects are sons of top law enforcement officials, which makes the case even more surprising.
One defendant, a 29-year-old male police officer, has already made an initial appearance in federal court. He is being charged with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. The judge set the man's bond at $100,000, which if he does pay will result in him remaining electronically monitored while under house arrest. Also, the court denied the man's request for a lawyer appointed by the court. The man is the son of a local police chief.
The son of the local county sheriff that was arrested is also a 29-year-old police officer, and two of the sheriff's deputies were also arrested in the sting operation. The two deputies are both male, aged 28 and 30. The sheriff says that he is fully cooperating with the federal investigators; however, he is also moving forward with his own internal investigation. The federal authorities began to investigate the suspects after receiving a tip via the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department.
Despite the steep evidence against the defendants, those who are accused of a crime always have the opportunity to defend themselves against such drug charges. The law in Texas assumes that defendants are innocent until proven guilty. The prosecution will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt by presenting evidence in court that the defendants actually committed the crimes they are being accused of committing.
Source: Huffington Post, "Lupe Trevino's Son Among 4 Texas Officers Accused Of Helping Cocaine Traffickers," Christopher Sherman, Dec. 18, 2012