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- A Galveston police officer was arrested Friday after an investigation into allegations that he was helping a drug dealer avoid arrest, authorities said.

Galveston police Chief Vernon Hale said an investigation began several months ago into a drug ring being operated by Salvador Rivera, 32. During that investigation, detectives received information that an officer may be helping Rivera sell drugs.

Hale said that investigators determined Officer John Rutherford was providing information to Rivera about police movements and operations, allowing him to operate the ring without detection.

Rivera was arrested Friday in a raid by FBI and SWAT officers at his Lafitte Street home, Hale said. Rutherford was arrested at the police station at the same time, Hale said.

Rutherford was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, misuse of official information and evidence tampering. He was being held in jail on $750,000 bond, Hale said.

“We realize you may feel betrayed,” Hale said, speaking about the citizens of Galveston. “You are not alone in this disappointment.”

Rutherford, who has worked at the department since July 2003, was also placed on administrative leave, Hale said.

Rivera’s charges were not immediately released.

Posted by noname at 2/23/2018 5:24:14 PM

I hope he saved the money he was presumably being paid for his defense attorney. If not, it looks like he will be cashing in his retirement account.
Posted by Nick Elodeon at 2/24/2018 3:51:13 PM

He is just one out of many that was caught. ????
Posted by Surfrat at 2/25/2018 7:57:31 PM

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