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      Former task force officer pleads guilty in Panama Unit scandal

      Alexis Espinoza // File Photo

      A former drug task force officer faced a federal judge where he pleaded guilty to his role in the Panama Unit corruption scandal.

      Alexis Espinoza appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane late Wednesday morning.

      Espinoza pleaded guilty a drug conspiracy charge and is now expected to be sentenced with 10 other suspects in the case on September 10th.

      Judge Crane ordered that Espinoza remain free on bond until sentencing.

      Espinoza, the son of Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza, was one of the original suspects arrested in the case.

      Both Espinoza and Jonathan Trevio, son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevio, were arrested following an FBI raid at the Mission Police Department.

      Trevio and 10 other suspects in the Panama Unit scandal are expected to be sentenced on September 10th.

      According to federal court records, several law enforcement officers teamed up with drug traffickers to steal drugs, sell them and split the profits.

      Former Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputy Jorge Garza is left as the sole defendant in the Panama Unit scandal.

      Garza is expected to go to trial on July 29th.