Arrested South Texas Officer Remains in Custody 1/6/14
McALLEN, Texas - A fired South Texas sheriff's commander remains in custody on drug trafficking charges after a federal judge refused to reconsider the conditions of his bond.
A lawyer for former Hidalgo (hih-DAL'-goh) County sheriff's commander Jose "Joe" Padilla told the court Monday that Padilla could pay the required $5,000 cash deposit on the $100,000 bond, but asked that the balance be left unsecured. Padilla has not been able to find someone to co-sign and does not own any lien-free property.
The 53-year-old Padilla is the latest Hidalgo County lawman to come under federal indictment on drug trafficking counts. He had been second-in-command at the sheriff's office until being fired following his arrest last month, ending his 24-year tenure with the agency.