Jury hears closing arguments in Panama Unit trial

Jorge Garza // File Photo

Closing arguments have begun in the weeklong trial of a former South Texas deputy sheriff charged in a drug conspiracy.

The case is expected to go to the jury later Tuesday to deliberate the fate of former Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy Jorge Garza.

He's accused of scheming to steal from drug traffickers and resell the drugs. Eight other officers charged in the case have pleaded guilty.

Garza's role was overshadowed in the latter half of the trial as his attorney climbed up the chain of command, culminating with two days of testimony from Sheriff Lupe Trevino.

It was a rogue drug task force created by Trevino called the Panama Unit that was the target of a broad investigation.

The defense rested late Monday.