Deputy constable charged with taking bribes

LAREDO, TX

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday that FBI agents arrested Webb County Deputy Constable Eduardo Garcia on Monday, a day before he appeared in U.S. Magistrate Judge Guillermo Garcia's court.

The indictment alleges the 44-year-old Garcia accepted bribes to escort what he believed to be loads of cocaine through Laredo and ran a license plate number through a law enforcement database.

Garcia has been a peace officer since 1993, usually driving a prison transport van.

Garcia was ordered detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday. The indictment was returned Aug. 2.

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