Former Duval County Sheriff Deputies Indicted for Helping Smuggle Drugs

MCALLEN, Texas – Two former deputy sheriffs from Duval County were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, federal prosecutors said.
 
Ruben Silva, 35, of Freer was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint last month and an arrest warrant is now pending for Victor Carrillo, 27, of Hebbronville.
 
Both were deputy sheriffs at the time of the alleged offenses but are no longer employed by Duval County.
 
Also arrested by separate criminal complaint in relation to this case were Jerry Tovar, 39, and Jose Luis Tovar, 47, both of Mission.
 
Silva and Jerry and Jose Luis Tovar remain in federal custody following their previous appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos. A bench warrant has been issued for Carrillo who has yet to turn himself into custody. 
 
The criminal complaint charging Silva alleges he conspired with Jerry Tovar and others, including Carrillo, to transport 10 kilograms of cocaine from Mission and smuggle the cocaine north through the checkpoint using former Deputy Silva’s Duval County patrol unit to Freer.
 
Once the cocaine arrived north of the checkpoint in Freer, the alleged agreement was for the cocaine to then be further distributed by another person designated by Tovar.
 
The complaint alleges Silva received $5,000 as payment for his role in the drug distribution conspiracy.
 
A separate criminal complaint filed against Jerry and Jose Luis Tovar alleges the brothers sold an undercover federal agent six firearms on May 10 near Jose Luis Tovar’s home in Mission. At least two of the firearms allegedly sold to uncover agents were Uzi type weapons.
 
Both Tovar brothers are convicted felons and are prohibited from possessing firearms. 
 
Additionally, the indictment charges Jose Luis Tovar with possessing two additional firearms on the day he was arrested on the criminal complaint.
 
If convicted, Silva, Carrillo and Jerry Tovar face a penalty from 10 years to life and a fine of up to $20 million. Jerry Tovar and Jose Luis Tovar face up to 10 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000 on the firearms charges.
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