A former Houston police officer was sentenced yesterday to over 30 years in prison for his role in a large-scale drug operation. Noe Juarez was convicted on January 15, 2015, for dealing 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and assisting an organization responsible for distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the United States.
And when they say throughout the United States, they mean it. This group served customers in Jackson, Mississippi; Pensacola, Florida; New York City, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Baltimore, Maryland, Dover, Delaware; and Houma, Louisiana.
According to evidence presented at trial, Juarez, a veteran Houston police officer, became involved with an international drug conspiracy spearheaded by brothers Efrain and Sergio Grimaldo. Their organization distributed thousands of kilograms of cocaine throughout the United States. The drugs were supplied by the vicious Los Zetas drug cartel in Mexico.
Juarez played a pivotal role by providing law enforcement sensitive information, including running license plates and sharing police tactics and activities with conspirators. Furthermore, he supplied vehicles, body armor, and semi-automatic handguns and assault rifles to the conspirators, some of which ended up among senior cartel leaders in Mexico.
“This prosecution is the result of significant collaboration by local, state, and federal agencies across Louisiana and Texas,” stated U.S. Attorney Polite. “Their collective work ensures that a crooked cop will now spend over 30 years in prison for pouring more illegal guns and drugs onto our streets.”
“The cartel’s efforts to infiltrate law enforcement are not limited to Mexico. They want to do it here as well, and we can't let them,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam. “We must and will remain diligent in finding and prosecuting anyone who supports, funds, or aids the cartels. Noe Juarez’ conduct unfairly tarnishes the proud reputation of law enforcement officers in this country who put their lives on the line every day to protect our residents and their communities. By doing so, he not only violated his duties as a police officer, but also endangered fellow law enforcement officers and the public trust/faith through his actions.”
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