MCALLEN, TX -- A South Texas officer is accused of stealing cocaine from a home in 2012 and then trying to cover up the theft by claiming he found the drugs in a car that he seized.
Mission officer Hector Mendez is a 17-year veteran of the police department who was assigned to a drug enforcement task force.
The Monitor reports that he faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Mendez's defense attorney says his client denies the allegations.
The suspected drug seizure occurred months after Mendez lost a primary for Hidalgo County Precinct 2 constable in April 2012.
A criminal complaint unsealed Monday says Mendez was questioned earlier this month when agents said he made several inconsistent statements about the cocaine seizure.
South Texas officer accused of stealing drugs from home