Predatory drug trafficker, son plead guilty in Panama Unit scandal

Both Fernando Guerra, Sr. and Fernando Guerra, Jr. pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges

A father and son pair of drug traffickers are the latest to plead guilty in the Panama Unit scandal.

Both Fernando Guerra, Sr. and Fernando Guerra, Jr. appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane in McAllen on Thursday morning.

The Edinburg father and son pleaded guilty to their roles in the scandal.

Sentencing is set for September 10th where each of them are facing a minimum of 10 years to life in prison and/or a $10 million dollar fine.

Fernando Guerra, Sr. admitted to being a predatory drug traffic or using corrupt law enforcement officers to steal drugs from rivals.

The Edinburg man admitted he used former Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office investigator Aida Palacios, former informant Julio Armando Davila and former Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputy James Phil Flores to fake paperwork about the drug seizures.

Fernando Guerra, Jr. admitted to using corrupt officers and his family's trucking company to ship drugs north.

Federal court records show that the father and son are forfeiting seven properties in Hidalgo and Willacy Counties in order to get a lower sentencing recommendation.

The Guerras are the latest to plead guilty in the scandal.

With their pleas, some 10 out of the 12 suspects have pleaded guilty.

Among those who have already pleaded guilty is Jonathan Trevino, son of hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino.

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