Sentencing for Panama Unit scandal postponed until October

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A federal judge has postponed sentencing for 11 people convicted in the Panama Unit corruption scandal until October.

Jonathan Trevio, the son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevio, and 10 other suspects all pleaded guilty to their roles in the case.

According to court records, Trevio and the other law enforcement officers teamed up with drug traffickers to seize drugs from rivals, sell them and split the profits.

The 11 were supposed to be sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane in McAllen on Tuesday afternoon.

But due to the complexity of the case, Judge Crane has postponed the sentencing for the following until October 17th:

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, a former deputy and 12th suspect in the case, who went to trial and was found guilty is asking for new trial.

Documents filed in Garza TMs appeal remain sealed but Trevio and eight others remain free on bond.

Judge Crane granted Alexis Espinoza, son of Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza, permission to travel with his family to Port Isabel and South Padre Island back on the weekend of August 23rd.

The judge also granted former deputy Eric Michael Alcantar permission to participate in a retreat at the San Juan Basilica in mid-August.

Judge Crane also recently granted former deputy Salvador Joel Arguello permission to work for an 18-wheeler company hauling petroleum products in different areas of Texas.