Investigators reviewing allegations about missing money at Starr County Sheriff’s Office

The Texas Rangers and the Starr County Attorney’s Office have started investigating allegations about missing money at the Starr County Sheriff’s Office.

In early December, the Sheriff’s Office contacted the County Attorney’s Office and requested an investigation, said Starr County Attorney Victor Canales Jr. The County Attorney’s Office contacted the Texas Rangers.

During the investigation, the Texas Rangers reviewed allegations about missing money at the Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Johnny Hernandez confirmed Texas Rangers investigation.

“We’re not exactly sure where it’s going to go,” Canales said, adding that the case remains extremely preliminary.

“The Starr County Sheriff’s is not the subject of any surprise raid or investigation. The case does involve missing seized money from a secured area,” according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office. “However it was the Starr County Sheriff’s Office that initiated the investigation. Multiple requests were made to the Texas Rangers at the beginning of the investigation but they required that we have a suspect in order for them to get involved. The Sheriff’s Office later reached out to the Starr County Attorney who began an independent investigation almost immediately. At this point the Texas Rangers are now also involved in the investigation.”

A Texas Ranger visited the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, apparently sparking gossip about the allegations.

Canales said he’s not aware of any search warrants or any arrests resulting from the investigation.

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