Bexar County deputy arrested on public corruption charges

May 26, 2019

A deputy with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Saturday on public corruption charges related to bribery and smuggling heroin and other drugs into the Bexar County jail, Sheriff Javier Salazar announced at a press conference.

Armando Trevino, who has been employed by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for roughly five years, faces charges of bribery and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Trevino, 30, was a corporal.

At Salazar’s side during the news conference Saturday night was Christopher H. Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Antonio office.

The investigation into Trevino’s actions has been going on for some time, Salazar said. A deputy with the public integrity unit learned that Trevino was going to be meeting with a civilian Saturday to get drugs to smuggle in and officers set up surveillance.

They saw Trevino do just that at a gas station near Broadway and 410, Salazar said. Trevino was in uniform at the time and had a weapon.

“It was pretty clear to everybody that he was on his way to work to smuggle these drugs into the Bexar County Jail, but we placed him under arrest before that could be completed,” Salazar said.

Authorities also arrested the civilian, Rudy De La Cruz, who is facing the same charges. De La Cruz, 33, is not employed by the Sheriff’s Office.

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