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Bond granted for former La Joya police chief

Despite the objections from federal prosecutors, a judge granted bond to a former La Joya Police Chief facing drug trafficking charges.

 

Geovani Hernandez, 43, had his bond set at $100,000 Friday morning following his arrest last weekend after a yearlong investigation with multiple law enforcement agencies that allegedly revealed Hernandez was working with a drug trafficking organization.

20150123 La Joya Police Chief Geovani Hernandez

The criminal complaint against Hernandez, who briefly served as La Joya’s police chief in 2014, alleges that from May through July of this year, a confidential source met with Hernandez seeking assistance for a drug trafficking organization. The meetings culminated in Hernandez agreeing to provide protection for a vehicle he believed contained a controlled substance through the Progreso area. In return for his assistance, Hernandez received $5,000, the criminal complaint states.

 

Prosecutors accused Hernandez of being a flight risk due to his ties in Mexico where Hernandez Hernandez allegedly told the informant he was a close friend of Juan Manuel Loza-Salinas, also known as “El Toro,” a former Gulf Cartel Plaza boss in Reynosa. Loza-Salinas was killed this past April following a clash with Mexican authorities, according to several media outlets.

 

Besides the bond, the judge ordered Hernandez surrender his passport and placed him on a 7 p.m. daily curfew.

 

For more on this case, read the latest print edition of Progress Times.

 

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