Tag: Joe Padilla

Former District Attorney Investigator To Begin Her Prison Sentence

Aida Palacios, a former district attorney investigator sentenced in early may is expected to turn herself in tomorrow and begin her prison sentence. Palacios pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges on may 1st at the McAllen federal court where judge Randy Crane sentenced her to 2 and a half years in prison. During her sentencing hearing she claimed to have witnessed her ex-boyfriend Julio Davila deliver cash from admitted drug trafficker Tomas “El Gallo” Gonzalez to the former hidalgo county sheriff commander Joe Padilla and former sheriff “Lupe” Trevino, both who have already pleaded guilty to corruption charges. Palacios could have her sentenced reduced if she continues cooperating with federal prosecutors. Judge crane ordered her to surrender...

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Former D.A. Investigator Aida Palacios Sentenced

Former Hidalgo County district attorney’s office investigator Aida Palacios has been sentenced for drug trafficking conspiracy. Aida Palacios will serve two and a half years in prison after she watched her boyfriend, Julio Armando Davila, bribe former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño and former commander Joe Padilla with cash in 2011. Palacios pleaded guilty on April 8th to working with a drug trafficking organization based out of Hargill. FOX 2 NEWS spoke to Hidalgo County District Attorney, Rene Guerra about Palacio’s conviction. Palacios was accompanied by her family during today’s...

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Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Pleads Guilty For Conspiracy To Launder Money

After 2 weeks since stepping down as sheriff, Lupe Treviño turned himself to authorities in a plea agreement with the government. That was former sheriff Treviño’s responds to allegations of corruption plaguing his office in December. Fast forward 3 months and Treviño finds himself pleading guilty in federal court to to conspiracy to launder money. Between 70 thousand and 120 thousand dollars that he admitted to have taken from the alleged Weslaco drug trafficker Tomas “El Gallo” Gonzalez via his commander Joe Padilla as a contribution to his campaign between June 2011 and December 2012. Gonzalez and Padilla were detained and await trial. Meanwhile, Treviño’s former chief of staff and campaign treasurer Maria Patricia Medina showed up in federal court Friday pleading guilty to concealing such donations allegedly from Gonzalez when falsifying financial campaign reports In January a lawsuit against Trevino by a political rival was filed accusing him of depositing 10 thousand dollars from Gonzalez. Alleging that cash donations above 100 dollars is illegal. Guerra admits to have advised Trevino to deposit the money and return the funds to the sender through a check, but denies ever knowing where the money came from. By entering the plea agreement, the government recommends a reduction of punishment. Treviño currently faces a fine of up to 500 thousand dollars and up to 20 years in prison. Treviño walked out of the...

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Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy To Launder Money Charges

After 2 weeks since stepping down as sheriff, Lupe Treviño turned himself to authorities in a plea agreement with the government. That was former sheriff Treviño’s responds to allegations of corruption plaguing his office in December. Fast forward 3 months and Treviño finds himself pleading guilty in federal court to conspiracy to launder money. Between 70 thousand and 120 thousand dollars that he admitted to have taken from the alleged Weslaco drug trafficker Tomas “El Gallo” Gonzalez via his commander Joe Padilla as a contribution to his campaign between June 2011 and December 2012. Gonzalez and Padilla were detained...

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Bond Reduction Hearing Postponed for Former Hidalgo Co. Sheriff Commander

The bond reduction hearing for the former Hidalgo county sheriff commander– accused of drug trafficking and money laundering– has been postponed… The hearing will be tomorrow when a judge magistrate will decide whether to allow or deny the request for a bond reduction for Joe Padilla. Court records reveal Padilla’s request through his attorney comes after not being able to find a person or company to sign-off on his  100-thousand dollar bond, even though he is able to pay the minimum 5 percent. The former commander remains in...

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