Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information.
DONNA, Texas (KVEO) – A Donna police sergeant was arrested on Tuesday on charges related to narcotics conspiracy, according to Drug Enforcement Administration McAllen division.
Former Donna PD Sgt. Alejandro Martinez was arrested months after he provided a “safe passage of illegal narcotics” through Donna, according to the criminal complaint from the U.S. District Court.
Martinez is “closely affiliated” with the Tri-City Bombers, a gang that is primarily in Donna but operates throughout the Rio Grande Valley, according to Assistant Special Agent Richard T. Sanchez, DEA McAllen.
Martinez was arrested on charges of conspiracy of cocaine and methamphetamine on Tuesday at around 10:30 a.m., according to Sanchez. Victor Vallejo was also arrested.
Donna PD Chief Gilbert Guerrero said that Martinez was fired from the police department following his arrest.
“This comes as a major disappoint to our agency, especially in the wake of the immense police scrutiny that has fallen on the law enforcement community within the past several years,” Chief Guerrero said in a statement.
The arrest happened after a joint investigation from the DEA, Texas Rangers Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.
The criminal complaint states that on January 31, Martinez met with a person at the Basilica of Our Lady San Juan Del Valle parking lot to discuss his intent to provide a safe passage of the drugs through the city of Donna.
The person that met with Martinez will be referred to as John in this story. The gender of the person was not disclosed.
When Martinez arrived to the parking lot, he went into a vehicle with Johna and told him his work schedule and when he would be patrolling.
Martinez told John to contact Victor Vallejo to coordinate the movement of the drugs through the city.
On Feb. 25, at around 11 p.m. Martinez told John and a DEA undercover agent to “go for it,” shortly after they drove through the city of Donna with 5 kilograms of cocaine.
Vallejo was on the phone with John and the undercover agent, letting them know how to drive without attracting law enforcement, and that Martinez would make a traffic stop along their route “just for show,” and as a distraction.
At around 1 p.m. John gave Vallejo $1,500 to give to Martinez for helping in the escort.
Later that day Martinez and John met at a Whataburger parking lot in Donna, in which the former police sergeant received the cash.
Martinez is facing state and federal charges, according to Texas DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez.
Sanchez told KVEO that future arrests are anticipated, not related to Donna PD.
This is an ongoing investigation.