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Feds charge Texas border cop with covering up theft of narcotics committed by fellow officer

May 25, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds charge Texas border cop with covering up theft of narcotics committed by fellow officer

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Federal authorities have charged a Texas border cop for attempting to cover up for a fellow officer in his department who has been accused of robbing narcotics from drug traffickers.

Mission police officer Michael Edelmiro Lopez appeared before Dorina Ramos, the U.S. Magistrate Judge, on Monday. The judge ruled that Lopez held without bail pending a hearing at the end of the week.

According to Breitbart Texas, this isn’t the first police officer to find himself in legal trouble. In July of 2015, the feds detained Hector “Jojo” Mendez, a narcotics officer for the Mission police department, in connection with drug theft.

Prosecutors have reported that in 2012, Mendez seized 15 kilograms of cocaine in the border city. Court records indicate that informants revealed to authorities that Mendez was, in fact, part of a drug trafficking group. Mendez had taken the drugs and diluted them to use the poor quality drugs to set up the seizure while keeping the high-quality drugs.

As a part of Mendez’s investigation, Michael Edelmiro Lopez, who is a K-9 police officer, was questioned by agents. Lopez was asked to provide authorities with a sequence of events regarding Mendez’s drug theft. Following the investigation, authorities revealed that the information originally provided by Lopez had been false.

Breitbart Texas reported that Lopez was detained on the same day that an agent for the U.S. Border Patrol, Daniel Polanco, and a police officer from Edinburg, Hector Beltran, surrendered to authorities for an unrelated large-scale drug distribution and theft case. The two are currently facing federal charges. Authorities have also detained other members of law enforcement, including a Houston-based police officer and a deputy constable.

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