Back in March, we reported on the arrests of suspected Texas cocaine traffickers Mario Alejandro Solis and Carlos Aron Oyervides. Both charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilos of coke, Solis and Oyervides revealed that Texas lawmen assisted them in their operation. Four current and former law enforcement officers, including a U.S. Border Patrol Agent Daniel Polanco and Edinburg police Officer Hector Beltran, were indicted for their participation on Wednesday.
The laws allegedly staged busts where they stopped the duo’s competition and made them hand over the weight.The seized packs would be turned over to Solis and Oyervides, while sham coke would be turned into the evidence room:
On March 18, 2013, officers with the Edcouch Police Department seized 19 kilos of coke that was left in a taxicab. According to the criminal complaint against Solis, “A further examination of the bundles revealed that four bundles contained wooden blocks.”
On April 26, of that year, Houston police seized 18 kilos found in an abandoned 1996 Mazda minivan. “Lab analysis of the bundles indicated that they contained less than 1 percent cocaine,” reads the complaint against Oyervides.
Polanco and Beltran turned themselves in last week. Included in the 11-count indictment along with them are former Houston police Officer Marcos Esteban Carrion, former Precinct 7 Deputy Constable Juan Ignacio Leal. Carrion was already in custody on unrelated charges. Leal is expected to appear in Houston federal court May 31, according a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. They were brought down by a four-year investigation called “Operation Blue Shame.” All of them have been linked to Dimas DeLeon, “a local businessman and key player in the cocaine trafficking organization,” according to CBS 4 News (Edcouch police Lieutenant Vicente Salinas is linked to DeLeon in a separate case).
Eleven others (including Dimas, Oyervides and Solis) have also been charged in this conspiracy. The collective includes several Mexican nationals and one Dominican national.
The most notable suspect is Polanco, the Customs agent believed to have distributed 17 keys. The Tuscon Sentinel reports:
The indictment of Polanco, unsealed Wednesday, signals the case has gone beyond the alleged corruption of local cops and now reaches into the offices of the U.S. Border Patrol, the largest law enforcement agency inside the Department of Homeland Security and the first line of defense against cross-border drug trafficking and human smuggling.