Washington: A former police officer who used to head an anti-drug unit in Texas has pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.
Fabian Rodriguez, a former county sheriff`s deputy in South Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, Xinhua reported citing TV ABC13.
The US attorney`s office said 29-year-old Rodriguez was a member of the anti-drug ring "Panama Unit".
Prosecutors say the unit stole drugs from traffickers only to sell them to another dealer.
Six former police officers, including the sheriff`s son, from the sheriff`s office and local police department also pleaded guilty to drug charges.
Rodriguez faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Sep 10. The anti-drug unit, created to target street-level drug crimes, was disbanded in December 2012 after the scandal was exposed.