$100,000 bond for 12th suspect in Panama Unit scandal

The 12th suspect in the Panama unit scandal faced a federal judge today.

Jorge Garza appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos late Friday morning.

Garza is accused of working with a predatory drug trafficker and other corrupt law enforcement officials to steal drug loads, resell them and split the profits.

Originally charged with a criminal complaint, Garza has now been named in a superseding indictment in connection to the Panama unit scandal.

The retired deputy entered the courtroom handcuffed, wearing Wrangler blue jeans and a long sleeved blue polo shirt.

Garza pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines.

Judge Ramos issued at $100,000 bond but with several restrictions.

Although Garza is not expected to be released today, the retired Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputy will be under house arrest with GPS and electronic monitoring.

Judge Ramos also ordered that he not travel outside the Southern District of Texas, surrender all weapons, surrender his passport and avoid contact either directly or indirectly or through social media with other defendants or witnesses in the case.

Garza must also refrain from the use of alcohol and not take any job inside law-enforcement if he plans to work.

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