MCALLEN, Texas Five former South Texas law enforcement officers have pleaded guilty to drug charges in McAllen.
The men entering the pleas Wednesday were part of the Panama Unit, a joint task force between the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office and Mission Police Department that targeted street-level drug trafficking in Mission.
Prosecutors alleged that the unit's members instead sold the drugs they seized to another drug trafficker and escorted drug loads as they moved through the area.
Four of the men, including former Mission Police Officer Jonathan Trevino, who is the son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino, pleaded guilty to one count of a drug conspiracy. A fifth man pleaded guilty to a cocaine possession charge for escorting drug loads.
The men will face sentences between 10 years and life in prison.
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