Texas officer surrenders after 13 years fleeing from authorities


After over 13 years as a fugitive, former police officer Jose Omar Garcia turned himself in to authorities in McAllen, Texas. Together with his brother, Roel Roberto Garcia, they were linked to a conspiracy involving over 2,200 pounds of marijuana smuggling.

Back in 2010, the Garcia brothers, along with their father, were apprehended by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration during “Operation X-Men,” which aimed to dismantle Mexican Drug Cartel infrastructure. Following their arrest, the brothers evaded law enforcement and reportedly fled to Mexico

Jose Garcia, now in his forties, appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge after surrendering. His attorney indicated that his brother, Roel Roberto Garcia, and father, Roel Garcia, also intend to surrender soon.

Judge Nadia S. Medrano set Garcia’s bond at $100,000 with strict conditions including GPS monitoring and house arrest in Roma. If found guilty, Jose Garcia could face a decade or more in federal prison.

Dave Hendricks
Dave Hendricks
Digital Reporter.

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