Panama Unit sentencing postponed until December
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:13:56 GMT —
The Panama Unit scandal could end just a little more than a year after it began.
A federal judge has postponed sentencing for all 12 suspects convicted in the Panama Unit corruption scandal until December.
Jonathan Trevio, the son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevio, and 10 other suspects all pleaded guilty to their roles in the case.
A jury found former deputy Jorge Garza guilty back in August for his role in the scandal.
According to court records, Trevio, Garza and the other law enforcement officers teamed up with drug traffickers to seize drugs from rivals, sell them and split the profits.
Sentenced was originally scheduled before U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane in McAllen on Thursday afternoon.
Many court records remained sealed but one order shows Judge Crane has postponed the sentencing until December 19th:
Jonathan Christian Trevino Alexis Rigoberto Espinoza Gerardo Mendoza-Duran Fabian Rodriguez Fernando Guerra Sr Fernando Guerra Jr Alvaro Gilberto DeHoyos Eric Michael Alcantar Claudio Alberto Mata Salvador Joel Arguello James Phil Flores Jorge Garza
The 12 suspects are facing 10 years to life in federal prison.
FBI agents originally raided the Mission Police Department back on December 12th, 2012 arresting Trevio and Espinoza.