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A Houston Police Department officer suspected of stealing drugs during traffic stops was arrested last week in an undercover sting.
Julissa Guzman Diaz, 37, could face additional charges after her arrest in connection with felony tampering and fabricating evidence, according to the Houston Chronicle.
An 11-year veteran of the force, posted $100,000 bail after a court hearing Friday morning. In addition to the third-degree felony charge of tampering and fabricating evidence, she may face a charge of intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to the Chronicle.
Diaz was arrested while on duty after the sting operation was carried out by the department.
During the operation Thursday, Diaz pulled over a motorist for swerving on Interstate 45. The motorist, an undercover officer, revealed to Diaz that the vehicle was not his and eight kilos of cocaine were in a duffel bag in the passenger’s seat, according to the Chronicle.
“Cocaine? Why are you telling me that? I was not going to check your vehicle,” Diaz replied, according to KTRK-TV 13.
Diaz proceeded to arrest the undercover officer to transport him to a sobering center, as she suspected him of drunken driving. She repeatedly told the undercover officer she was not going to inventory the vehicle and did not want to know about the cocaine in the vehicle.
She contacted a wrecker driver to take the undercover officer’s car, according to KTRK. The undercover officer said Diaz asked the wrecker driver over the phone where he wanted “to meet up” to split the cocaine, which included one kilo of real cocaine and seven kilos of imitation cocaine.
Diaz was arrested, suspended and put on administrative leave, according to a statement by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
“While we cannot overstate our depth of disappointment, we take solace in the fact the investigation that led to Ms. Diaz’s arrest was conducted by men and women of the HPD, the same organization and co-workers she betrayed,” he said in the statement.
Following Diaz’s release, Joe Gamaldi, Houston Police Officer’s Union vice president, tweeted:
The wrecker driver was later arrested in connection with possession of marijuana after a Houston police officer pulled him over for failing to use a turn signal. Imitation and real cocaine were found in his possession, according to the Chronicle.