Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Criminally Charged: Texas police Chief in collusion with Cartel del Golfo leader

Bjeff for Borderland Beat republished from the Monitor

Chivis Note:

A tiny town with big problems…
La Joya  is a tiny Texas town which dots the southern border having  a population of 4000.  It appears that  Hernandez hoped to use his police chief position to bump-start a political career. He was a candidate for Hidalgo County sheriff, with unsuccessful bids for the Democratic Party nomination in 2012 and 2014. He later attempted an unsuccessful write-in campaign in November’s general election.Hernandez replaced former chief Julian Gutierrez, who was fired by the La Joya Mayor. Gutierrez had worked as a lieutenant in the department before he replaced former chief Jose Del Angel, who committed suicide in 2011. In the criminal complaint against Hernandez, it is alleged that Hernandez told an informant that he was “close friends” with CDG leader “El Toro”. Read details in the complaint at bottom.

El Toro was killed in April in a massive shootout with the Mexican Marina. -Note Chivis-

Article from The Monitor by Lorenzo Zazueta

A former La Joya Police Chief faces federal drug charges after a more than yearlong investigation revealed he was allegedly working as a member of a drug trafficking organization.

Federal agents arrested Geovani Hernandez, 43, of La Joya, over the weekend in connection with a federal investigation that revealed the former head of the La Joya Police department had been working with a go-between contact for an unidentified drug trafficking organization, according to court records.

Hernandez stood before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos on Monday morning for his initial appearance where he heard the charges against him.

He is set for a detention hearing Friday where it is possible he could be released on bond.

Hernandez, who resigned from the La Joya police department in January 2015 to pursue business interests, faces three federal charges, attempt to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine, and aiding and abetting, according to court records unsealed Monday.

Hernandez, Progreso Police officials said, was employed as a "provisionary sergeant," but did not specify how long he had been with the department.

During an extraordinarily brief news conference Progreso Police officials announced Hernandez, who was being investigated during his time at Progreso, was no longer with the department effective Monday.

They said they received word of his arrest on federal drug charges but refused to take questions from members of the media.

He ran unsuccessful bids for Hidalgo County Sheriff in 2012 and 2014.

The complaint details Hernandez’s communication and meetings with confidential informants working with the government on at least six different occasions.

Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations in McAllen received word in Aug. 2016 that Hernandez was helping move drugs as a member of an unidentified drug trafficking organization, the complaint states.

On May 30 Hernandez met with a confidential informant to discuss an “illegal business venture.”

During the meeting Hernandez allegedly told the informant that he needed money for his Hidalgo County Constable campaign. He also told the informant that he was a close friend of Gulf Cartel Plaza boss Juan Manuel Loza-Salinas, aka “El Toro,” who ran a plaza in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the complaint states.

“ (The confidential informant) told Hernandez that his organization was sending vehicles north and that they needed to run record checks on vehicles. Hernandez told the CI to find him the vehicles’ identifiers and that he would get him the information they needed in exchange for $1,000,” the complaint states.

Hernandez met with the CI days later where he handed the CI a document that contained detailed information regarding the vehicle license plate.

In late June, Hernandez met again with the CI; this time the CI handed Hernandez a note with a person’s name and date of birth and asked him to run a background check on the person to see if they were working as an informant.

He was paid approximately $2,000 to do this, records show.

In another instance just last month the CI met with Hernandez again and said they needed to drive a vehicle for the trafficking organization from Progreso to Pharr. The CI told Hernandez that they would drive to a warehouse in Progreso where they would load the trafficking organization’s “items” and transport them to Pharr.

The CI told Hernandez that he would receive half of the $10,000 they were receiving for the job.

“Hernandez told the CI not to tell him what the vehicle would be transporting, not to discuss any details on their current cell phones and to buy new cell phones,” court records show.

A month later the two met again.

“On July 15, 2017, based on phone calls, meetings and payments to Hernandez, HSI agents in anticipation of the operation, loaded 10 bricks of a white powdery substance weighing approximately 10 kilograms into an undercover vehicle,” the complaint states. “Only 1 brick weighing approximately 1.1 kilos contained cocaine hydrochloride — subsequently (the CI) took possession of the vehicle.”

The CI told Hernandez during that meeting that the organization needed his help to make sure the vehicle got through Progreso without being stopped; Hernandez allegedly agreed and told the CI to get into his own personal vehicle, the complaint states.

Later that day Hernandez was paid $5,000 for his services.

The investigation into Hernandez, dubbed Operation Blue Shame, was a collaborative effort between several law enforcement agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and IRS Criminal Investigations, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The former Progreso sergeant appeared as an actor in a narco-corrido music video that focused on drug-running cocaine from Mission to Houston. The video, published in November, re-surfaced the same day news broke about Hernandez’s arrest.

Gerardo Hernandez, the musical talent, sings about the smuggling of 6,000 kilos through the checkpoint near Encino — more commonly referred to as the Falfurrias checkpoint.

It’s unclear if Geovani Hernandez and Gerardo Hernandez are related

The song appears to reference a deal between narcos and law enforcement officers to successfully transport 10trucks filled with 600 kilos of cocaine each. The former Progreso sergeant appears to represent a law enforcement officer in the video.


“In a lapse of 30 minutes, each truck was arriving,” the song stated in Spanish. “They would put them in the warehouse and they would unload them. Each bundle accounted for — replete with white powder."

Criminal complaint

46 comments:

  1. This is exactly what is wrong in that poor country...Officials like this, are even more to blame than the Cartels for all the violence, and injustice...If these guys just did their jobs and the government would pay them enough to live decently, Mexico could at least keep some people safe. But did this guy even have a choice?? Play or Pay Senor..

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    1. @6:18, This happened on the U.S. side of the 'poor' border. He took bribes and now he will get a fair trial & go to jail where he belongs. Yes he had a choice before every meeting with the C.I.

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    2. This is in texas not mexico

      - 3030

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    3. I'm sure a police chief makes a decent salary. But when you have a family 2 think about it changes your perspective on what you will and won't do. Especially considering what happens 2 those who won't play along with the cartels. None of us will really know what 2 do until we find ourselves inside that furnace. - Sol Prendido

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    4. To 10:52 " el me lo soplas perdido" situación like dice are the ones that define men's of honor and wanna bes if anyone does not have what it takes to work as a law enforcement will give up and do shit like this in both side of the border

      Honor is the truly thing that people admire in those men and seem like is long gone and now we just have guys looking for a paycheck

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    5. What I'm saying is...maybe he was related, or knew someone in the DTO, did em a minor favor..Now he's screwed...they say you do this, or else...so he does..just cuz he took a bribe, don't mean there weren't strings attached to that bribe...don't play ball die, play ball, and probably get locked up.. he won't do hard time anyways..that's got Club Fed written all over it...if you think these cartels don't run border states you're a fool..murders not as common here cuz our cops investigate, arrest, and execute in Texas especially...Club Fed or WitSec for this guy.

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    6. My bad on the Texas thing...but stand by my comments on the Mexican officials at every level...there's guys just like this chump on both sides of border..Those hick towns on the border are almost as corrupt as in Mexico...maybe the same or worse.

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    7. Big Red 6:22; I take great offense to your allegation "those hick towns on the border" are anymore corrupt than any other elected officials or public servants in any town. As someone from a "Texas border hick town" whose travelled the world with the US Air Force, I can tell you that 1) Mexico doesn't hold a candle to corruption in most countries in the world and 2) this "hick town" Texas border boy graduated the US Air Force Academy (1999) and in my post military career I'm a 2% income earner in a Texas "hick town" - all earned without corruption or illegal enterprise. I also employ 20+ college educated certified CPAs "in this hick town".

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  2. What an absolute imbecile. Catch a pig with a rat.

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  3. A little confused, was he the La Joya chief of police or was he a former la joya chief of police?

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  4. Former police chief.... He was currently a Sargent with Progresso PD

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  5. Nothing new here in the rio grande valley its like mexico but with a lot less killings since we have the death penalty what a coincidence that the old police chief commited Suicide and also the police chief from rio grande city also dead apparently from suicide also its all corrupted from the highest position in the city to the dog catchers its all about the $$ and who u know 78582

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    1. "the rio grande valley its like mexico"
      Where does all this larceny come from ? Lets talk about walls again,oh no its racist.Yeah right

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  6. El toro was a piece of shit and hes nephew is also a piece of shit hope they kill him soon and pelochas too. Fuck panilo too.

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    1. Why? Just concerned

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    2. That whole faction needs to be wiped out.

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    3. Cuantos grupos de criminales pendejos existen en reynosa pues

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    4. In reynosa there are metros but they are divided. El pelochas el betillo el lokillo against panilo.

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  7. Cant get away with it forever.

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  8. where those this guy get their ranks at comandante toro LOL like this one dude who comment by the alias comandante perro lmao

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    1. He's hardcore like that.

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    2. El comandante perro is still going hard commenting on YouTube he's a fake ass narco want to be.

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    3. 11:03 ojalá le den unos pinchis palos por el perrodo al comandante perro pa que siga ahi de caliente

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  9. He definitely the experience and resume to be a narco sheriff in South Texas.



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  10. This guy will turn from pig to rat in no time to have his sentence reduced. And most likely live on tax payers money for a very long time.

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    1. 7:05 Will?
      I assure you el comandante Toro got killed to silence his ass.
      Former sheriff LUPE Treviño still wants everything working like a clock, he and his son paid for their spot ok? They may even get considereal for a prezidential pardon like "El Apache" sheriff arpaio...

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  11. Just another dirty pig who wandered out of the fenced area.

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  12. A perfect example of corruption on both sides of the border. Where morals and values for greed become apparent. Furthermore,what's interesting is the deniability of US involvement of drug trafficking. No accountability nor prosecution has resulted from such past engagement.
    This individual knew right from wrong.
    Mexico is not alone in the corruption of officials.
    The lucrative business and fortunes of drug consumption worldwide will never cease.

    E42

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    1. Thank you E42 for the balanced observation...and I agree.

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  13. Reading this two things spring to mind:
    1. You know what they say about cockroaches: for everyone you see there are hundreds
    2. If this dude is really in narco corridas he was not involved in moving ounces, but it must have been like the lyrics says: a lot of blow being moved

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  14. It's always the Mex Americans who get caught but the white Americans are well protected.. Just ask sheriff Joe arpaio fom arizona.. Got away with everything illegal he did for like 30 years

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    1. Aver pobrecito, this payaso made his bed. He wasn't a victim. His pea-brain thought he could get away with some viejo Mexico kind of mierda and found out the hard way that it wasn't gonna go down like that. Be a winner, not a whiner. Or maybe you just hate a color, but besides the fact that it's 2017, there's all kinds of 'white' Americans that play stupid games and win stupid prizes too, and if anything, as far as 'protection', that's just a punk move anyway. Truth be told, nepotism, corruption and favoritism based on having 'connections' is one area that those people you seem to not like, actually ARE more stable. EVERY culture has strong points as well as areas that have room for growth. Mexican Americans do have many strong points too. Just like Italian Americans and Irish Americans, we are strongly family-oriented and carry our cultural identity with pride, but also like the Italian and Irish Americans, we also tend to mistrust and alienate outsiders... even going as far as to find ourselves fighting potential allies, when we could make peace instead. Vamos Piensalo.

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    2. He did nothing illegal. Just enforced the law. Your here illegally you get deported. Its really simple.

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    3. Did nothing illegal? Did you read the article?

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    4. "white people"
      A load of racist whining again,do you want these living next door to you,fuck no

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    5. 5:34 must be defending Maricona Arpaio, the Apache sheriff, but a judge who is also a Doctor of Laws on the US found the Paysaso Arpaio GUILTY! Güey, GUILTY!

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  15. Fucker is wearing his actual LJPD badge in the corrido video. How dumb is this guy that he would appear in something as incriminating as a narco corrido? Was it some sort of play to be more appealing to voters? How did he expect to explain it?

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  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b90qHwshrZk

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  17. Absolutely Pathetic! This type of scum life style is is a cancer in our society and needs to be eradicated. Ponce trabajar como la gente civil bola de pendejos!

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  18. -Desde Tierra Caliente-

    Esta preventiva fue la ganadora de los votos. ¿Sí? ¿Qué dice esto de la gente de ese municipio? Se dice que la EUA no es México. ¿Cómo sucedió esto?

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  19. Here is a story about another us law enforcement officialx and corruption.
    https://apnews.com/e248aa0a1e2a401fb575653263653a14?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=MPapnews

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  20. He's committed the ultimate crime: cutting into the DEA HSI racket. Little fish in the big pond.

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  21. He was trying to do the wrong things the right way.its a shady underworld and nothing is as it seems it's a world we're no one can be trusted. Although he was playing by the underworld rules he was naive and didn't know what he was getting into. He has no street smarts and clear trusted the wrong people

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