A federal corruption probe prompted by stolen drugs from criminal suspects has ended in arrests of Texas border police officers. The sons of two border police authorities were arrested; both men worked in local drug task forces.
Officers Alexis Espinoza and Jonathan Treviño were taken into federal custody late last night. Espinoza is the son of Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza and Treviño is the son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño. It is believed other law enforcements officers assigned to the narcotics division of the area are also in federal custody. It is believed all officers involved work for the Mission, Texas police department in the Hidalgo county.
The investigation was prompted when authorities suspected drug loads were being stolen from cartels and resold on the black market.
Mission and Hidalgo are situated along the Texas/Mexico border in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Hidalgo County is named after a seminal figure of the Mexican revolution, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The region is predominately Hispanic.
Federal authorities have not said if their investigation has concluded.