Written by Julie Silva Friday, 02 May 2014 09:39
The courtroom full of loved ones sat in silence, with the exception of the occasional sob, sniff or gasp, as one-by-one members of the Panama Unit and their cohorts were sentenced to federal prison.
“There are no words that I can say that can undo the wrong that I have done,” said Alexis Espinoza, former Mission police officer, as he asked for leniency. “I have let everybody down, especially the court. I have a 5-year-old little girl I’m not going to see grow up—all because of greed.”
He was one of the last of nine law enforcement officers and two drug traffickers sentenced this week as a result of the corruption of the Panama Unit, a narcotics task force headed by the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and housed out of the Mission Police Department.