In Lubbock, Texas, two Hockley County sheriff's deputies were arrested last Friday as part of a 110-count federal indictment aimed at the Aces and Eights outlaw motorcycle gang for a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. Deputies Gordon Bohannon and Jose Quintanilla are accused of providing gang members with information that hurt efforts to shut down the conspiracy. They and the other 28 defendants are all charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, which carries a mandatory minimum 10 year prison sentence. Other defendants face additional charges.The idea of deputies in rural Hockley County operating in league with an "outlaw motorcycle gang" reminds me of the plot of the TV show Sons of Anarchy.
Inevitably such incidents are treated in the press as isolated cases that aren't indicative of any broader problem, but taken together the string of corruption cases we've witnessed in Texas has been both remarkable and alarming.
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Click on the following document links to read the prosecution's reason for warning [Chief Deputy] Gordon Bohannon locked up between now and his trial date.