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Texas deputy facing drug and bribery charges

A Bexar County Sheriff's Office corporal who worked in the county jail's detention unit has been taken into custody and charged with drug possession, drug possession with the intent to distribute and bribery. He was transferred to a detention facility in another county to avoid a conflict of interest according to the BCSO.

The 30-year-old man, who joined the BCSO five years ago, was apprehended at a gas station at the intersection of Broadway and Interstate 410 on the morning of May 25 after BCSO deputies, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and San Antonio Police Department officers allegedly saw him purchase Suboxone and heroin from a known drug dealer. The 33-year-old man accused of selling the narcotics was also taken into custody. The multi-agency force had been investigating the smuggling of drugs into the Bexar County Adult detention Facility and had been told that the two men planned to meet at the gas station to conduct business.

The Bexar County sheriff said in a press statement that the man had been smuggling drugs into the county jail for some time, but the sheriff provided no evidence to back up his claims. He also declined to tell reporters how the alleged drug smuggling was carried out. Reports indicate that the man was dressed in his sheriff's uniform and was armed when he allegedly purchased the drugs.

When presented with overwhelming evidence, experienced criminal defense attorneys may encourage their clients to settle cases involving serious drug crimes with a negotiated plea agreement. This is because prosecutors might be willing to offer significant sentence reductions to avoid the risks of a jury trial even when their cases are seemingly strong.

Source: Boston 25 News, Texas deputy accused of making drug deal while in uniform, Bob D'Angelo, May 27, 2019

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