FBI agents arrested a South Texas sheriff at his office Tuesday after he was indicted on drug charges alleging he was involved in a large-scale cocaine and marijuana smuggling operation, reports the Associated Press. Starr County Sheriff Reymundo Guerra was named in a 19-count indictment along with more than a dozen other people. Guerra is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.
Guerra, 52, was added to the indictment after the FBI searched his Rio Grande City offices last month. Few details about his involvement have been released, but the arrest was a blow to the reputation of a county trying to clean up its image. In 1998, Guerra’s predecessor, Sheriff Eugenio “Gene” Falcon Jr., pleaded guilty to conspiracy after an informant posing as a bail bondsman paid Falcon $11,050 in bribes for inmate referrals.