Federal officials said Wednesday that a Houston police officer was indicted on federal drug charges, and has been dealing cocaine since 2012.
Officer Noe Juarez was charged with “conspiracy to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine” and “conspiracy to possess firearms in connection with a drug trafficking offense.”
The indictment came out of New Orleans where investigators have began working with Houston law enforcement agencies since 2014.
Juarez was arrested at the Central Command station Tuesday by FBI and DEA agents and fellow HPD officers.
He faced a federal judge Wednesday but will remain in jail until a bond hearing Monday. Prosecutors call him a “flight risk” and “danger to the community.”
If convicted, Juarez could get up to life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine.
He has been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
Juarez, a 20-year veteran, was named Officer of the Year by Houston police in 2009.
PSD supports the use of illicit drugs by peaceful people and condemns the concept of the criminal charge of “conspiracy” – which is really just a word that means “you were PLANNING to do something.”
Drug and conspiracy charges are illegitimate. However, when they are perpetrated by the very enforcers that claim to uphold such edicts, the double standard is hard to ignore.
Juarez’s lawyer claims he is innocent.
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