Dallas Officer Pleads Guilty in Fake Drug Case

The last of four Dallas police officers charged in a fake drug scandal has pleaded guilty in exchange for probation.

Former Officer Eddie Herrera apologized to the victims of the bogus arrests after his court hearing Monday. He said he understands if no one wants to hear his regrets.

The scandal was uncovered in 2001 after more than two dozen people, mostly Hispanic immigrants, were falsely arrested when paid informants planted fake drugs on them.

Herrera was giving one year of deferred adjudication probation on a misdemeanor charge of attempted tampering with physical evidence.

Mark Delapaz, the central figure in the case, was the only officer to get jail time. He's serving the first of two five-year sentences.

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