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Ex-Texas sheriff pleads guilty to federal charge

A former South Texas sheriff whose office has attracted the attention of federal investigators has pleaded guilty to money laundering.

A former South Texas sheriff whose office has attracted the attention of federal investigators has pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Lupe Trevino appeared in federal court Monday and is facing a 20-year sentence. He resigned about two weeks ago as sheriff of Hidalgo County.

The Monitor newspaper in McAllen reports Trevino admitted Monday to laundering campaign contributions that were tied to a convicted drug trafficker.

His plea comes three days after his former chief of staff, Maria Patricia Medina, pleaded guilty to a federal count of failing to report a crime.

Federal investigators say Trevino in 2011 and 2012 received cash donations from the trafficker. They contend Medina helped Trevino conceal the donations by falsifying election records.