A Texas Border Agent is believed to have helped dispose of weapons and vests used for kidnappings and murder on behalf of a Mexican cartel-linked criminal organization.
The cop has also been accused of helping drug smugglers rip off the Gulf Cartel and providing them with police radios.
On Friday, federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations arrested Ramon “Ramey” De La Cruz Jr., a police officer with Rio Grande City Police, former deputy with Starr County Sheriff’s Office and son of local Justice of the Peace Ramon De La Cruz.
After spending the weekend in federal custody on September 19, the younger De La Cruz went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos who ordered he be held without bond pending a detention hearing later this week.
Federal authorities charges De La Cruz with one count of possession of more than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of marijuana with intent to distribute. While De La Cruz was directly charged, documents in his case point to him being part of a larger indictment against a criminal organization from Rio Grande City.
De La Cruz has also been accused of providing his bosses in the Beltran group with police radios so that cartel-linked smugglers could listen to law enforcement operations. The former deputy and current cop has also been accused of performing surveillance for the group’s smuggling attempts where they would pick up drugs at the banks of the Rio Grande and take them to a local stash house.