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Warrant issued for arrest of ex-RPD officer

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A former Roswell Police officer who allegedly used cocaine and then tried to dispose of the drug before police found it in his home has an active warrant out for his arrest.

A message posted Thursday on the official Facebook page of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office states a warrant has been issued for Gerald Juarez, 36. Juarez is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of tampering with evidence. He was believed to be traveling somewhere between Roswell and Carlsbad.

The warrant was issued Dec. 4 in Chaves County Magistrate Court and can be executed in any jurisdiction.

Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, said Friday afternoon Juarez remains at large.

Juarez worked for the Roswell Police Department for about eight and a half years before resigning in March amid an ongoing internal investigation of him, according to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department.

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The last position Juarez held with the department was as a member of a special investigations unit that works narcotics and weapons cases, Wildermuth said.

Documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court state that on Feb. 22 an incident occurred between Juarez and another man in a room at the Fairfield Inn Hotel. Court documents did not offer more details about that incident.

Surveillance video showed Juarez in plain clothes at the hotel that night. Deputies later learned that Juarez was not working that day.

In interviews detectives later conducted with the man Juarez was with, the man said he and Juarez were involved in a consensual sexual relationship and had consumed alcohol and cocaine together.

Two search warrants were executed at the hotel that night on the room where the incident between Juarez and the other man occurred.

Deputies found in the room a white powdery substance on the top of a desk in the room, court documents state. They later learned Juarez had called the hotel at least two times that night at about 7 p.m.

A search warrant was later conducted on Juarez’s house by deputies.

During the search, deputies and detectives found a small clear plastic baggie in the upstairs bathroom toilet and it appeared that someone had tried to flush it, according to court documents.

In Juarez’s bedroom deputies also found two rolled up currency bills with powdery residue, a scale, a plastic bag containing a powdery substance, a large syringe, two glass vials containing a liquid substance, evidence bags and cellphones.

The white powdery substance found in Juarez’s bedroom and other evidence was submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing. Results showed the presence of cocaine, testosterone and boldenone.

Juarez told detectives during the execution of the warrant that he had been using cocaine for one month but that he did not distribute any drugs, according to documents.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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