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