MCALLEN–A former law enforcement officer from Hidalgo County gets sentenced to prison in a drug smuggling case , while a Mexican man living in the Rio Grande Valley gets arrested for recruiting drivers on Craig’s List.
Heriberto Diaz, 41, was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.
Diaz, his partner Omar Salazar and a man and his son were involved with smuggling drugs from crime scene.
Diaz and Salazar made a drug bust of 161 kilos of marijuana inside a Mission home.
Joel and Jorge Duncan came to the house and were removing the marijuana when a Mission Police officer noticed them. He confronted them, then was told they were drug informants by Diaz and were helping with the narcotics investigation.
Court testimony during the trial showed Diaz lies several times on offense reports to disguise his illegal activity.
Salazar and Joel Duncan have pleaded guilty on the case already and will be sentenced in May.
Federal prosecutors also announced Jose Gustavo Diaz Velasquez, who lived in Rio Grande City, was accused of using Craig’s List to find people to drive undocumented immigrants from the Rio Grande Valley.
According to a criminal complaint, the investigation started last August and they were able to identify Diaz as the person who was posting the ads on the internet.
They even found a You Tube account with video from a high-speed pursuit that involved a human smuggling case.