Deputy Allegedly Took Bribes To Run Drugs
August 10, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
HOUSTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A Texas deputy has been charged with taking bribes to escort cocaine shipments through Laredo.
Eduardo Garcia, 44, was arrested Monday, the San Antonio Express-News reported. He faces years in prison if he is convicted of bribery and unauthorized access to the law enforcement computer system.
Federal prosecutors in Houston say Garcia, a Webb County deputy whose duties in 2007 and 2008 included driving a prison van, was paid $500 a trip to drive a load of cocaine from south to north Laredo. In 2008 the dealer he allegedly worked for became an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Garcia allegedly made additional trips, not realizing the cocaine was fake. Also allegedly, at the informant’s request, Garcia got another law enforcement officer to run license plates through the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunication System.