South Texas police chief pleads guilty to pot smuggling

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The former Sullivan City Police Chief Herman Guerra Jr. pleaded guilty last week to helping Mexican drug cartels smuggle marijuana across the Rio Grande River starting in June 2009.

Guerra pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute. Prosecutors say that Guerra helped cartel members bring about one ton of pot across the river in the Sullivan City area, on flat-bottom boats.

Federal agents picked up Guerra in June 2010 as part of “Project Deliverance,” a nationwide sweep of persons suspected of working with the drug cartels.

After his arrest, Guerra was suspended with pay, and later fired. He is currently free on bond and scheduled to be sentenced on April 20.

Guerra’s lawyer, Oscar Alvarez said, “He understands he abused a position of trust. His goal is just to undo the harm he did to the community and his family.”

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