Josie Wales | The Free Thought Project
Houston, TX — New video has surfaced in the case of Noe Juarez; a veteran Houston Police officer indicted just last week on charges of drugs and weapon trafficking.
Juarez was named officer of the year in 2009 and was with HPD for over 20 years when he was arrested in New Orleans. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute 5 kilos or more of cocaine.
At a bond hearing last week, officers say Juarez had been participating in illegal activities for years for years, supplying guns, bulletproof vests, cars and police intelligence to members of the Los Zetas drug cartel.
The secretly recorded video obtained by local news affiliate KPRC includes two scenes recorded outside of the club where Juarez worked off-duty as security. Juarez can be seen in the first clip, recorded March 2011, delivering two rifles to an FBI informant while in uniform. Feds say Juarez was told the weapons were to be shipped to Mexico and received $4,500 in the transaction.
The second clip shows Juarez proving information requested by an unidentified informant. Juarez ran the numbers of two license plates for the informant. He used the HPD database to provide the names and address of people who owed $800,000 in drug money. Juarez reportedly provided this kind of information often, receiving $250-$500 each time.
Testimony from the DEA last week alleges Juarez is connected to Los Zetas cartel members Efrain and Sergio Grimaldo, who prosecutors say were the primary suppliers of cocaine to a violent street gang in Houma, LA.
Efrain was arrested in September 2014 and sentenced to 33 years in prison after distributing 1,640 kilos of cocaine across seven states. Sergio Grimaldo is now cooperating with the feds after being indicted along with Juarez last week for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Authorities say Juarez also supplied ammunition, magazines and pepper spray to the cartel. A total of eight assault rifles or pistols linked to Juarez eventually landed in the hands of drug dealers, according to court records. Juarez also allegedly made “straw” purchases of four automobiles and obtained insurance for two others on Grimaldo’s behalf in exchange for payment from the Zetas cartel member.
Juarez’ former attorney, George Murphy, argued that Juarez did not know he was working with drug dealers, and “wouldn’t have done it,” if he knew, stated Murphy.
The videos were introduced as evidence to prevent Juarez from being let out on bail, which was originally set at $500,000 by Houston Judge Beverly Stacy. She was overruled by New Orleans federal judge Sarah Vance, who made the decision to have Juarez held in New Orleans until his April 23 arraignment.
The former officer of the year faces life in prison if found guilty.