4 Texas police officers arrested for guarding shipments of marijuana

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By: Shifra Unger 

Police officers are supposed to make sure that crimes aren’t committed and to arrest those suspected of doing crimes.

Some police officers however, are criminals themselves.

Three Police officers in South Texas, including the son of a prominent county sheriff, were in court charges alleging that they and another officer accepted thousands of dollars in bribes to protect cocaine shipments.

Police officer Alexis Rigoberto Espinoza, an alleged conspirator who is the 29-year-old son of a police chief, made ​​an initial appearance in federal court in McAllen on Thursday on two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Also charged was 29-year-old Jonathan Trevino, whose father is Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino. He was in court along with two members of his father’s police unit, Fabian Rodriguez, 28, and Gerald Duran, 30.

The three were arrested on Thursday when federal prosecutors announced the charges that have sent shock waves through the community.

Prosecutors said the four were members of the "Panama Unit", a working group of comprising officials of the two departments responsible for combating drug trafficking. Instead of fighting against drug trafficking, prosecutors say the four provided protection for it.