Former Hidalgo County sheriff's commander wants lower bond

Jose Padilla // File Photo

A former Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office commander remains behind bars but is asking a federal judge for a lower bond to get out.

U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested Jose Padilla on Christmas Eve.

The former Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office commander is one of 12 people accused of working in a Weslaco-based drug trafficking and money laundering ring.

Padilla pleaded "not guilty" to the charges but has been in custody since his arrest.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos in McAllen issued Padilla a $100,000 bond last week but federal court records show he wants a lower one.

According to a motion filed on Monday, Padilla and his wife own three properties in Weslaco, Pharr and Edinburg but are having trouble coming up with the full amount to get him out of jail on bond.

Padilla appeared in federal court on Thursday and Friday morning but the hearing for a lower bond has been postponed until Monday morning.

Defense attorney Joe Cisneros could not be reached for comment but asserted in the motion that Padilla is not a flight risk.

Cisneros wrote in the motion that Padilla and his family are all natural born citizens of the United States.

According to another court filing, two of Padilla's brother also work in the law enforcement field.