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Ex-RPD officer surrenders to deputies

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A former Roswell police officer with a warrant issued for his arrest surrendered Monday to law enforcement.

Gerald Juarez, 36, of Roswell turned himself over to Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies at the county courthouse in downtown Roswell, according to a message posted on the Sheriff’s Office’s official Facebook page.

Juarez was scheduled to appear at a hearing Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court at 10:30 a.m. Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, said Monday night that Juarez made arrangements to turn himself over to law enforcement at the courthouse before the hearing.

Juarez went before the judge and was then taken to the Sheriff’s Office, where he was booked, fingerprinted and photographed.

Documents filed in Magistrate Court state Juarez was eventually released on his own recognizance.

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Conditions of Juarez’s release prohibit him from possessing firearms or dangerous weapons, possessing or consuming alcohol or entering liquor establishments. He is also not to buy, consume, sell or possess illegal drugs.

Juarez is also prohibited from leaving Chaves County or the state of New Mexico without prior permission of the court. However, documents state, he is allowed to travel throughout southeast New Mexico and west Texas for work purposes only.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Juarez Dec. 4. Juarez had worked for the Roswell Police Department for eight and a half years before resigning in March amid an ongoing internal investigation, according to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department.

Juarez was also a member of the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force.

Court documents state Juarez was caught on the surveillance camera of a hotel, in plain clothes and off duty, on the night of Feb. 22, where he allegedly had an interaction with another man in a room.

The man Juarez interacted with later told detectives he and Juarez had consumed alcohol and done cocaine together, according to court documents.

A search warrant was executed by deputies on Juarez’s house on Feb. 23. Court documents state that drugs and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found at the residence, including a white, powdery substance that tested positive for the presence of cocaine, testosterone and boldenone.

When searching Juarez’s house on Feb. 23, deputies found in the toilet of his upstairs bathroom a clear plastic bag that it appeared someone had tried to flush, court documents state.

Juarez later admitted to deputies he had been using cocaine for a month, but said he had not sold it.

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

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