Drug trafficker for Panama Unit released from prison early

A drug trafficker connected to the Panama Unit law enforcement scandal was released from prison earlier this month.

Fernando Guerra Jr., 28, left a Beaumont federal prison a free man Aug. 8 after serving a little more than three years of an eight-year sentence.

Guerra, a local drug trafficker, worked with members of the corrupt drug task force to steal from drug dealers and resell the drugs for a profit. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in 2014 following his 2013 arrest.

On Aug. 3, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane reduced Guerra’s sentence to time served.

Guerra is the first of 12 men convicted for their role in the case that rocked the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 to be released from prison. He will be on supervised release for four years.