Former La Joya Police Chief sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficking

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Former La Joya Police Chief and Progreso Police Sergeant, Geovani Hernandez, has been sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison after he was convicted for drug trafficking. (Source: KGBT Photo)

Former La Joya Police Chief and Progreso Police Sergeant, Geovani Hernandez, has been sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison after he was convicted for drug trafficking.

“This sentence serves as a sobering reminder about the serious consequences for those who violate the public’s trust,” says Shane Folden, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

In March, Hernandez was convicted of multiple drug charges, including possession with the intent to distribute. According to a criminal complaint, investigators accused Hernandez of accepting bribes from drug traffickers to guard cocaine shipments and swapping cash for information.

Following the 20 years Hernandez will serve in prison, he will serve an additional five years of supervised release.

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