MCALLEN, Texas — A Texas border cop has resigned following his arrest on drug possession charges.
Michael Anthony Moreno, a 7-year veteran patrol officer with the Edinburg Police Department, resigned from his job, police spokesman Lieutenant Oscar Trevino told Breitbart Texas.
In addition to his work as a police officer, the 32-year-old Moreno and his 24-year-old sister, Amanda Nicole Elizondo, ran a novelty store in the city of Raymondville, which is about 50 miles northeast from Edinburg, information released by Raymondville Police to Breitbart Texas revealed.
Police officers received a complaint from a citizen that the novelty store sold synthetic marijuana. This claim was substantiated when police officers found the drug on display in the store’s window.
Synthetic marijuana, also called spice, was originally considered a legal alternative to the illegal drug but has since been outlawed after several cases of overdoses, as Breitbart Texas previously reported.
The Texas border has seen a recent rash of law enforcement officials ending up behind bars. As Breitbart Texas previously reported in November, a sheriff’s deputy from the border county of Starr was arrested by Border Patrol agents after they found a marijuana shipment hidden in her car. Perhaps the most famous corruption case is the one of former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino who, along with his chief of staff and one commander, pleaded guilty to taking money from a drug cartel capo. In a separate but related case, Trevino’s son Jonathan ,along with an entire drug unit called Panama, ended up behind bars for stealing drug loads and then selling them on the side.