I've been writing about drug-related law enforcement corruption on the border and a reader points to another example: This time an on-duty police officer in Edinburg, Jesus Mesa, was arrested along with five of his brothers as part of a DEA sting. According to the McAllen Monitor ("DEA nabs police officer, brothers in sting," April 20), "Some speculated the charges against Mesa may be part of a DEA strategy to persuade Mesa to give information against his brothers."
Flirting with understatement, the Edinburg police chief declared, “This is the type of profession that the action of one officer affects all of them ... It’s disturbing and disappointing.”
UPDATE: Reported the McAllen Monitor (4-21): "The local police officer who was arrested earlier this week as part of a federal drug sting is the youngest brother in a major family drug operation that dates back at least a decade."
NUTHER UPDATE: A second of the five brothers was also a former Valley-area cop who worked for a few years for the McAllen Police Department, reported the Monitor (4-22).