Authorities say a South Texas police officer has been arrested and charged with helping a drug trafficking organization.
A federal criminal complaint says Sgt. Giovani Hernandez of the Progresso Police Department met with a confidential informant from last March through last month to discuss an illegal business venture.
Hernandez told the informant he was a friend of former Gulf Cartel leader Juan Manuel "El Toro" Loza Salinas and needed money to campaign for Hidalgo County constable.
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The document says the meetings culminated in Hernandez agreeing to provide police protection for a vehicle he believed carried drugs. In return, he would be paid $5,000.
Hernandez was arrested Saturday and charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. He'll remain behind bars until a Friday hearing.