Edinburg Police: “Sometimes some investigations take longer than others that’s all I can tell you.”
News Center 23: “Is this one taking longer than normal?
Edinburg Police: Apparently.”
Edinburg Assistant Chief Oscar Trevino confirmed investigators are continuing to consider possible drug charges against former Mission Police Sergeant Manuel Casas.
the investigation stems from a 22 minute Facebook live broadcast in which Sgt. Casas and an unidentified man are driving in Edinburg.
During the broadcast, the driver pulls out a clear bag with “a leafy green substance” according to Mission Chief of Police Robert Dominguez. The substance is the center of the investigation, “we’re looking into the narcotics.” Said Asst. Chief Trevino.
Less than 48 hours after the broadcast, Mission Police Chief Dominguez suspended Sgt. Casas with pay, launched an internal investigation and ordered a drug test. However, the results of the test have never surfaced, because on Thursday June 1st, 2017, shortly before Chief Dominguez was set to hold a press conference about the live broadcast and suspension, Sgt. Casas submitted a letter of resignation saying, “I am going to seek professional help regarding my problem with alcoholism.” Whether Casas sought professional help has yet to be confirmed.
The resignation killed the investigation and any findings along with it from being put into his Texas Commission on Law Enforcement folder. According to Mission Police Dept. because he resigned and the investigation was not for a criminal offence, the results of the test have “no consequences.”
More than a month into the narcotics investigation, Edinburg Police have yet to speak on the case. News Center 23 asked for an on-camera interview to address community concerns of favoritism and bias, Asst. Chief Trevino said on the interview, “that’s not going to happen”… “And I can’t tell you even if they anticipate any charges against anybody at this point.”
News Center 23 has requested a copy of Casas’ separation paperwork from Mission Police through TCOLE to see if Casas received an honorable discharge from the department he was under investigation.