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Texas narcotics cop Hector “Jo Jo” Mendez gets 25 years for stealing cocaine while on duty

December 24, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas narcotics cop Hector “Jo Jo” Mendez gets 25 years for stealing cocaine while on duty

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Former Texas narcotics officer Hector “Jo Jo” Mendez who worked on a federal task force from the border city of Mission, will spend 25 years behind bars for stealing cocaine shipments while on duty.

Mendez, a former Mission Police Officer, and a member of a federal task force, appeared before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane who sentenced him to 300 months behind bars and five years of probation, Valley Central reported.

Mendez was found guilty in July on one count of conspiring to possess a controlled substance.

Mendez’s charges stem from a July 2015 indictment, which accused him of using his post as a Mission Police Officer assigned to the U.S. DEA to assist in stealing cocaine loads from Mexican drug cartels. To take the drugs, Mendez and others would carry out a ploy where they would dilute the cocaine and frame a seizure of the diluted drugs to cover their tracks.

The man was first taken into custody in July 2015 after an investigation was launched into allegations of stolen cocaine. The case against Mendez derived from July 2012 when he confiscated a 1998 Ford Taurus filled with 15 kilos of cocaine at a restaurant.

Authorities tested the seized cocaine and discovered that it had been reduced to a purity of 18%, which is considered poor quality.

According to Breitbart Texas, Reynol Chapa, 42, of Mission, had received a load of cocaine at a home in Mission back in July 2012. Shortly after that, Mendez arrived at the residence and took the bundles. Both men had agreed the cocaine would be diluted and then repackaged and staged for a seizure at a later time, while the remaining cocaine would be sold.

A Ford Taurus was then staged with the diluted bundles of cocaine in Mission. Mendez and other officers seized the drugs and the vehicle.

Chapa made taped calls to the individual, only identified as Gonzalez, who had initially provided the drugs to conceal that the cocaine had been cut and make it seem that law enforcement had seized the bundles during the supposed transport. Mendez had altered the reports to have Gonzalez take the blame for the bogus drug bust.

Witness testimony at trial revealed that Hector “Jo Jo” Mendez deliberately concealed facts about the seizure in DEA reports and to federal prosecutors; presented false statements to various judges in sworn filings, and intentionally doctored transcripts of taped calls in evidence against Gonzalez.

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