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11-year deputy in Bexar County, Texas accused of collecting drug debts for inmate

August 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
11-year deputy in Bexar County, Texas accused of collecting drug debts for inmate

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A sheriff’s deputy in Bexar County, Texas  finds herself on the opposite side of a jail cell

Deputy Rita Alvarez was one of multiple of people arrested by a federal drug task force.

The multi-agency High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force carried out four warrants at four locations in Bexar County, including Alvarez’s residence in San Antonio, KENS-5 reported.

Sheriff Javier Salazar revealed that Alvarez has been under investigation for months on accusations that she was collecting drug money for 35-year-old inmate Cristobal Perez.

“It was given to her, and then the money found its way to the inmate through electronic transactions,” Salazar said.

Alvarez physically collected the alleged drug debts on behalf of Cristobal Perez, an inmate at the jail who is possibly tied to a gang. The money was then deposited in the man’s commisary

Salazar added that that the deputy placed a few hundred dollars in Perez’ commissary account.

Alvarez was employed at the jail annex, while Perez was across the street in the main detention center.

Perez has been behind bars since April for drug related charges.

He is now facing a charge of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.

Alvarez faces the same charge, along with charges of Illegal Barter, Expenditures, and Investments.

“We don’t know if it was any a romantic relationship or a business relationship, and you know well, any relationship is unacceptable,” Salazar stated.

Salazar is not going to rule out gang involvement as a reason for the relationship, though he said Perez is not a documented gang member.

“We’re human, we had lives before our career. It’s up to us to end those relationships when we choose to get into this profession, in this case, that didn’t occur,” Salazar added.

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