- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) - A South Texas judge has been accused of possession of cocaine and soliciting bribes to lower bond in for drug suspects.

Starr County Justice of the Peace Salvador Zarate (zuh-RAH’-tay) was arrested Monday on charges of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of bribery. He’s free on $23,000 bond.

Zarate’s office phone wasn’t accepting messages Tuesday. His attorney, J.M. “Chuy” Alvarez, says he believes the charges are politically motivated.

Court records indicate an informant reported Zarate asked for $500 to lower the $30,000 bond of two men charged with delivery of a controlled substance. Zarate allegedly accepted the bribe on Christmas Eve 2014.

Investigators gave the informant marked $20 bills, which were recovered after Zarate’s arrested. A June 30 indictment says the judge also had cocaine with him.

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