Texas Drug Task Force At Center Of Federal Probe Disbanded

McALLEN (January 7, 2013)--A South Texas sheriff announced Monday he has disbanded an anti-drug task force that’s at the center of a federal corruption investigation that led to arrests including his own son.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino announced Monday that the so-called Panama Unit would cease operations and commanders would decide where to reassign five deputy slots.

The unit was a joint effort with the Mission Police Department.

Trevino said in a statement that the unit was formed to assist Mission with its local drug problem.

Both agencies assigned supervisors to oversee the unit, which was based in Mission.

Last month federal authorities arrested two sheriff's deputies and two Mission police officers, including Trevino's son, on drug possession charges.

Prosecutors allege the law officers accepted bribes to guard cocaine loads. Three officers were assigned to that unit.