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Former Houston Cop guilty for involvement with Los Zetas drug ring

January 17, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Former Houston Cop guilty for involvement with Los Zetas drug ring

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A federal jury in New Orleans found an ex-veteran of the Houston Police Dept and former cop of the year, guilty of helping the ruthless Los Zetas drug cartel smuggle drugs into several U.S. cities.

According to charges listed in the indictment, former Houston Police officer Noe Juarez provided classified law enforcement intelligence and equipment issued by the Houston Police Dept. to members of the Zetas in Mexico.

U.S. prosecutors indicted Juarez in April 2015 for his role in the drug trafficking conspiracy, which dates back to 2012.

“A once proud member of the Houston Police Department, Noe Juarez breached his oath to protect and serve by providing weapons and other resources to known violent drug traffickers,” New Orleans-based U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said.

Juarez faces up to life in prison and up to a $10 million dollar fine after a jury found the former cop guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

He also faces an additional 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after the jury convicted him of conspiring to possess firearms related to the crime of drug trafficking.

The drug ring led by his co-defendants Sergio Grimaldo, Efrain Grimaldo and Sabino Duarte, trafficked cocaine from Mexico and stashed in numerous safe houses in Houston prior to being shipped to cities across the U.S. including Houma, Jackson, Miss., New York, and Pensacola, Fla.

Prosecutors accused Juarez during the trial of providing the criminal organization with logistical support including the running license plates, alerting cartel members with information on police activities from the classified database used by law enforcement and supplying assault rifles, body armor, and vehicles.

The 20-year law enforcement veteran is the most senior member of the Houston Police Dept. to stand trial for drug crimes.

Juarez’ Houston-based attorney George Murphy, predicted before the trial that the government would have a difficult time proving Juarez was aware of his involvement with notorious drug cartel members.

However, not only did prosecutors present evidence showing that Juarez met with traffickers while in uniform but also sold them tactical gear and weapons out of the back of his marked police vehicle drug trafficker told federal agents he was surprised by Juarez’s audacity.

One of the drug dealers involved in the operation admitted to federal investigators that he was surprised by Juarez’s brazenness.

Juarez also allowed them to use his name to buy luxury cars with their cash, and provided them with sensitive information from a classified law-enforcement database.

 

DEA agents uncovered Juarez’s involvement after tracing a cocaine shipment from a Louisiana street gang named “Up Da Bayou Boyz” back to the Grimaldo brothers in Houston, who operated the Zetas distribution network.

Sentencing for Juarez is scheduled for April 20th.

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