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1 US TX: Drug Trafficker Receives 20-Year SentenceWed, 28 Oct 2009
Source:Allen American, The (TX) Author:Flemmons, Stephanie Area:Texas Lines:62 Added:10/29/2009

A member of a large drug trafficking and money laundering operation was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Friday.

Hector Omero Rodriguez, 35, of Allen, pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, one count of distribution of cocaine, and one count of conspiracy to conduct money laundering.

According to Kathy Colvin, U.S. District Attorney's office spokeswoman, Rodriguez was one of 22 members of the illegal operation that led the Drug Enforcement Administration to conduct an investigation named "Project Reckoning." In the operation, which included both "Operation Dos Equis" - an investigation into a Mexican cocaine distribution organization - and "Operation Vertigo" - an investigation of a methamphetamine distribution organization - more than $1 million in cash, about 300 kilograms of cocaine, about 400 pounds of methamphetamines and about 20 weapons were seized.

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2 US TX: Former Frisco Deputy Constable Arrested for ProtectingWed, 16 Jul 2008
Source:Allen American, The (TX) Author:Shambaugh, Ann Marie Area:Texas Lines:110 Added:07/16/2008

The arrest of a former Collin County deputy constable who allegedly protected an international drug ring in exchange for cocaine while working in Frisco has come as a surprise to local authorities.

Melissa resident Robert Benavidez, 41, was arrested July 8 and charged with six counts of abuse of official capacity. He was indicted by the Collin County Grand Jury on all six counts Tuesday. He is being held at the Collin County Jail on $1.5 million bond.

According to arrest records, Benavidez periodically checked the National Crime Information Center computer database to determine if his cousin and leader of a North Texas drug cell, Sergio Maldonado of McKinney, had any warrants out for his arrest. He is also accused of using a database to check the registration for license plates that Maldonado thought may be on law enforcement officials' vehicles.

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3 US TX: Ex-Frisco Cop Lied About Drug RaidSun, 01 Aug 2004
Source:Allen American, The (TX) Author:Raye, Mike Area:Texas Lines:75 Added:08/01/2004

A Collin County District court jury found a former Frisco Police Department narcotics detective guilty of one felony count of falsely reporting details about a drug bust in central Frisco in July 2003.

Jonathan Cain, 32, a 10-year police veteran, had worked for the Frisco PD from March 2001 until he was fired on July 31, 2003 when the Frisco Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division presented the criminal cases against him before the Collin County Grand Jury.

He was sentenced to six months in prison -- the minimum prison time for the state jail felony. His attorney, John Heath of Nacogdoches, said he would appeal the conviction this week and try to get Cain released on bond. Cain faced five years of prison time on the two counts. According to a source in the Collin County District Attorney's Office, no record of an appeal was seen as of yesterday.

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