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Starr County JP Granted Bond Following Drug Arrest

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A Starr County justice of the peace has been granted bond more than a week after his arrest in an apparent drug trafficking conspiracy case.

As reported by freelance journalist Dave Hendricks, a federal magistrate set a $100,000 bond Friday for Precinct 4 JP Roel Valadez and ordered he be placed in home detention.

Valadez was arrested about a week-and-a-half ago along with 5 other men named in a 10-count indictment charging them for their alleged roles in a binational drug trafficking operation.

Federal prosecutors say the operation moved marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine through Starr County. Valadez has since been suspended from his judicial duties by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.

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