Agents with Homeland Security have busted two Texas cocaine traffickers. No surprise there. It happens every day. What separates the case of Mario Alejandro Solis, 37, and Carlos Aron Oyervides, 40, is the considerable assistance they received from corrupt cops.
According to Solis and Oyervides, they used the cops to jack coke competitors without putting on a mask and kicking down a door. The two staged drug busts in Edcouch and Houston using sham cocaine. After the cops seized real cocaine from traffickers, who would give it right up. In turn, the cops would turn the seized keys to Solis and Oyervides to sell.
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.
Solis and Oyervides divulged that they recruited dirty cops to execute each of the busts. “Co-conspirators staged a seizure of the sham cocaine by corrupt officers,” reads the criminal complaint. “The real cocaine was then sold for profit.”
Both Solis and Oyervides have been charged with conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. The top brass of both of the departments involved claim ignorance. None of the names of accused police officers have been made public. According to ValleyCentral.com, this scheme is nothing new:
Similar schemes have landed several Rio Grande Valley lawmen in prison during the past few years.
Federal agents arrested former police Inv. Noel Pena — who worked for the Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force — in April 2015.
Working through an intermediary, Pena provided a fake police report to a federal informant, according to the criminal complaint against him.
Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced Pena to seven years in prison.
Former Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office Inv. Aida Palacios worked with her boyfriend, a drug trafficker named Julio Davila, to draft fake police reports, according to information Homeland Security Investigations provided to the Texas Rangers. The documents allowed Davila to steal drugs from other traffickers without drawing suspicion.
Palacios pleaded guilty to unrelated federal drug trafficking charges. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced her to two-and-a-half years in prison.