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Former HPD Officer Ordered to Prison for Drug Conspiracy Conviction

MAR 20 (HOUSTON) - Former Houston Police Department (HPD) officer Marcos E. Carrion has been ordered to federal prison for his role in a drug conspiracy, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Carrion entered a guilty plea to the charge Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

Today, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, who accepted the plea, handed Carrion a total sentence of 70 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, Judge Lake noted that Carrion violated a position of trust by agreeing to escort cocaine loads in the city.

On April 16, 2014, a Houston grand jury returned a sealed indictment charging Carrion with conspiring with others to possess with the intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine from mid-2013 through April 2014. Carrion, 37, a five-year HPD veteran, had been assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division prior to resigning from his position.

As part of his plea agreement, Carrion admitted to providing security for a narcotics transaction which involved 10 kilograms of cocaine. During negotiations, Carrion stated he was an HPD officer and that he “had a lot to lose,” but ultimately agreed to providing security in exchange for $2,500. After being paid, Carrion falsely claimed another officer was present and demanded another $2,500. 

Carrion also agreed to provide security for future transactions which were to involve 20-30 kilogram loads of cocaine. He claimed he could arrange for additional uniformed officers to assist whom he would pay and instruct to just show up, not ask questions and do what he said.
 
Carrion was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Houston Police Department and FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark E. Donnelly and Shelley J. Hicks are prosecuting the case.

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