Day 4: Testimony continues in Panama Unit trial

Jorge Garza // File Photo

The defense continues to call witnesses as the federal corruption trial of a former South Texas sheriff's deputy sheriff moves closer to a jury's judgment.

Testimony continues in federal court in McAllen on Friday in the drug trafficking conspiracy case against former Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy Jorge Garza.

Garza is the only defendant of nine former law enforcement officers implicated in a scheme to steal and resell drugs.

Garza is also accused of having been paid to guard stash houses where the stolen drugs were stored.

On Thursday, Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra said he had fired investigator Charlie Vela.

That's after Vela invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination when he was called as a defense witness after prosecutors rested. Vela doesn't face any charges in the case.