Feds Search Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office
Federal agents Monday moved in on the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. At about 10 a.m., a search warrant was executed by agents with the U-S Attorney's Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, and Texas Rangers. According to the McAllen Monitor, the search was in connection with the investigation into the drug conspiracy and money laundering case against former sheriff's commander Jose Padilla. The agents reportedly removed a computer.
Sheriff Lupe Trevino would only say the search was for documents linked to Padilla. The U-S Attorney's Office is not commenting. Padilla was arrested late last December on charges stemming from his alleged ties to a Mid Valley drug trafficking ring. He's accused of taking payments in exchange for providing protection for the operation.