BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Cameron County constable accused of
selling marijuana his office had seized has pleaded guilty to a
drug trafficking charge.
Precinct 1 Constable Saul Ochoa was arrested in Port Isabel on
May 28. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that the police,
FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency had observed Ochoa selling
marijuana to an informant four times in May.
Ochoa pleaded guilty to one count of a four-count indictment.
The other charges are expected to be dropped as part of Ochoa's
A review of evidence records found that authorities could
account for only 15 of 190 pounds of marijuana that should have
been in the precinct's evidence locker.
Ochoa faces a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a
$250,000 fine and remains in federal custody.
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