Second Starr Deputy charged in corruption scandal
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:50:49 GMT —
Federal prosecutors have named a second South Texas sheriff's deputy in an indictment alleging the peace officers took bribes to protect a local casino.
Starr County sheriff's Deputy Jason Michael Munsell made an initial appearance in federal court in McAllen on Wednesday. He's charged with three counts related to the bribe.
Munsell's attorney, Allen Ramirez, said his client was granted bond and was released Wednesday.
Another deputy, Nazario Solis III, made his initial appearance last week facing similar charges.
An indictment also accuses him of three drug counts accusing him of trading drugs for guns that he could send to Mexico.
Prosecutors allege the deputies tipped a local casino operator so he could remove money and employees before a raid.