McALLEN, Texas -- Federal officials say two South Texas deputies are facing charges of accepting more than $10,000 in bribes to protect an underground casino and trying to swap automatic weapons that would be sent to Mexico in exchange for marijuana and cocaine.
Starr County sheriff’s Deputy Nazario Solis III appeared in federal court in McAllen Friday. He faces six counts of bribery, extortion and drug charges.
The Monitor of McAllen reports a second deputy, whose name has not been released, is facing arrest.
According to a federal indictment, Solis and the other deputy accepted bribes to let the owner of an illegal casino know when law enforcement raids were about to happen.
Prosecutors also accuse Solis of trying to trade guns for cocaine.