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Texas Cop Who Said Town Was ‘Infested’ with Cartels Allegedly Worked with Them

A former police chief in Texas has been arrested for allegedly working hand-in-hand with Mexican drug cartels, protecting the very criminals he swore he’d pursue, the Monitor reports. According to the Washington Post, the investigation kicked off in 2016 after an informant offered a tip to federal authorities claiming he had dirt on a police-involved smuggling operation and dropped Hernandez’s name. In May of this year, authorities sent a second informant to meet with Hernandez, who allegedly boasted he was a “close friend” of a major Gulf Cartel boss, and could move through its turf in Mexico “without any problem.” Hernandez mentioned that he could use some extra cash for his run to become Constable of Hidalgo County, Texas—this after two failed bids for sheriff, campaigning on a promise to clean up an area that was “infested with drug cartel members.” Federal agents orchestrated a sting later that month, loading nine kilograms of white powder bricks and one of bona-fide cocaine into a car, sending it through Progreso, and monitoring Hernandez while he allegedly worked with the informant to get it through town safely.

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