In an article released today, NPR’s John Burnett and Marisa Penazola detail the recent history of public official corruption in the RGV and the means by which the federal and state authorities are using to try to eradicate it.
None of this really comes as a surprise to most of us who live here, however, every time someone lays some tangible statistics on how bad a situation actually is, you’re bound to raise an eyebrow or two:
83!! 83 public officials. We knew it was bad…but this is a rate of 2 public officials arrested EVERY WEEK.
The best part about this article is that a federal agent named Rock Stone actually exists. If Stallone would ever be trusted with producing a movie on his own, the main character would be Rock Stone. It would be written in my blog and directed by Stallone and win ALL the Oscars and earn ALL the money, said Stallone.
As we’ve seen in the last year or so, we know that Stone’s not fucking around with charges and arrests made in Progreso, in a bizarre case in Rio Grande City, and, of course, infamously in Hidalgo County.
NPR actually spoke to Jonathan Treviño, convicted ex-narc and son of former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño who was also arrested himself on separate bribery charges:
We the RGV, ladies and gentlemen, are the new Cook County.