Daniel Polanco, a 39-year-old former Border Patrol in Houston, has been arrested for several drug trafficking charges and physical harm threats to federal agents.
The accuser was found guilty in 2019 for cocaine charges and creating false statements, and was later found guilty for threats against federal agents.
The court has currently found Polanco involved in drug trafficking, exploiting his position as a law enforcement officer and giving false statements to agents during the investigation. All these allegations lead to 5 years in prison for the offender.
A separate six months were added including his 160 months prison time, as Polanco knew the consequences for carrying out such acts and still chose to do so. According to Special Agent in Charge Steven S. Whipple of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the suspect was justly punished for his criminal acts, and ensured that DEA would continue its fight against such criminals involved in narcotics trafficking.
The investigation took place when a drug trafficking group was caught transporting and distributing marijuana and cocaine and were also found to steal these drugs from the supplier in 2011. Polanco was involved in the distribution of over 15 kilos of cocaine in 2013, for which he was found stealing the drugs and selling it somewhere else for profits. He created fake drug bundles and placed an abandoned vehicle, and later on reported these bogus findings to the police to cover up his crime.
Polanco was paid for his participation in transporting the drugs as mentioned by the drug trafficking organization, but he denied claims in front of the jury. However, he was still charged with possession and distribution of drugs and giving false statements to federal agents.
This investigation leads to the arrest of 20 individuals, out of which six are law enforcement officers. This case was carried out by ICE and DEA.