Authorities from the Anti-Drug Agency (DEA) arrested an agent of the El Paso Police (EPPD) accused of supporting a suspected drug trafficker to sell cocaine in this region. EPPD confirmed the arrest of Mónica Lissette García, 23 years old and with two years of experience in the corporation.
According to the police report, García “used his access to EPPD’s internal information to carry out counter-surveillance measures for (Fred) Sáenz, 44, including checking the database of vehicle plates associated with operations covert “.
García and Sáenz face a series of drug-related charges involving possession, distribution and conspiracy.
If convicted, Garcia faces up to 20 years in federal prison, while Saenz could receive up to 40 years.
Garcia “allegedly committed serious crimes, which are compounded by the fact that he swore to abide by the law,” said Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Kyle Williamson.
The arrests and charges came after DEA agents seized $ 14,450 and about 1.2 kilograms of cocaine in raids at two houses owned by Sáenz as part of a drug trafficking investigation.
According to court records, on November 10, 2020, the DEA and the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) executed two search warrants at two different residences in El Paso used by Sáenz to conduct drug trafficking activities.
A three-count federal grand jury indictment released today charges Garcia and Fred Saenz, 44, of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to illegally use a communication facility; and conspiracy to maintain a premise involving drugs. Sáenz is also charged with one count of possession with the intention of distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine.
Sáenz was arrested at the time based on a federal criminal complaint. A further investigation revealed Garcia’s complicity.
El Paso Police said Garcia worked at the Northeast Regional Command. Chief Greg Allen said his department’s Internal Affairs unit is “moving forward with firing procedures” against Garcia.
“Law enforcement officers must meet the highest standards,” said US Attorney Gregg N. Sofer. “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to ensuring that any public official who violates the law is brought to justice, and we will always dedicate the necessary resources to ensure that this important part of our mission is carried out effectively.”
“All employees of the El Paso Police Department have sworn to abide by the law and are held to the highest standards. The men and women of the El Paso Police Department are dedicated to serving the community and are dismayed by this person’s actions, ”said Allen, the head of the EPPD, who thanked the DEA for their support.
García and Sáenz remain in federal custody at this time.