Former South Texas investigator arrested

August 25, 2011 1:57:06 AM PDT
A former South Texas district attorney's investigator has been arrested on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and taking bribes in exchange for passing information to people he allegedly knew were drug traffickers.

A federal judge set bond at $75,000 for 47-year-old Jaime Munivez of San Benito Wednesday.

The indictment alleges the crimes occurred while Munivez was an investigator for the Cameron County district attorney's office. They involved Jose Manuel Longoria, charged in a separate indictment as the middleman for former state district Judge Abel C. Limas' bribery scheme. Longoria, who pleaded not guilty, awaits trial. The former judge has been convicted in the scheme.

Munivez also worked as a bailiff for Limas before moving to the DA's office. Munivez didn't have an attorney. He's set for arraignment Sept. 1.