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Former Deputy Convicted In South Texas Drug Case

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File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former South Texas deputy sheriff for his role in a drug conspiracy.

The case was given to jurors shortly before noon Tuesday and a couple hours later they announced they found former Hidalgo County sheriff’s Deputy Jorge Garza guilty. He’s accused of scheming to steal from drug traffickers and resell the drugs. Eight other officers charged in the case have pleaded guilty.

Garza’s role was overshadowed in the latter half of the trial as his attorney climbed up the chain of command, culminating with two days of testimony from Sheriff Lupe Trevino. It was a rogue drug task force created by Trevino called the Panama Unit that was the target of a broad investigation.

The defense rested late Monday.

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