A former deputy in Texas has confessed to conspiring with members of a drug trafficking ring.
Baldemar Cardenas, 36, a former deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess more than 500 grammes of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
“Members of the group would receive kilogramme quantities of ultra-pure cocaine,” US Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery stated in a release. “They would then use small amounts of the drugs to create very low-purity sham cocaine.”
According to the release from the US Attorney’s Office, Cardenas would ensure that authorities seized forged bundles, allowing co-conspirators to escape responsibility and profit from the stolen cocaine.
“Cardenas falsely claimed that the information was provided [in exchange for $10,000] by a confidential source,” according to the US Attorney’s release. “As a result of the information he provided, law enforcement seized the multi-kilogram sham cocaine bundles.”
According to the US Attorney’s office, US District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa accepted the plea and scheduled the sentencing for June 14.
“At that point, he faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of forty years in prison,” the release stated.