Two Fort Bend Reserve Deputy Constables arrested
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Arrests at a Crosby horse training facility have implications in Fort Bend.
An 11 month investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has resulted in the arrest of 6 law enforcement officers; two affiliated with Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office. According to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office the six officers have been charged with ‘Racing without a License’ under the Texas Racing Act. (Sec 14.16).
According to documents Rancho El Herradero located at 12402 Sralla Road in Crosby, Texas was the base of operations for illegal horse racing and gambling. According to authorities the licensed law enforcement officials were providing security where betting was occurring.
The Chief of the Harris County DA’s Public Integrity Division, Terese Buess, said multiple undercover surveillance operations took place during the lengthy investigation. “Peace officers take an oath to uphold the law,” Buess said. “To discover them actually working in their official capacity to provide security for organized criminal enterprises is extremely alarming and disappointing.”
The two deputy constables that were linked to Fort Bend County have been identified as David Green, Reserve Deputy Constable for almost 3 years, and Edward Scott; a Reserve Deputy Constable for about 13 years with Precinct 2 and prior service with Roman Forest.
The others arrested have been identified as Harris County Constable Precinct 1 Joel Garcia, more than 9 years law enforcement service, Secar G Rangel, also with Harris County Precinct 1 for over 10 years, State Trooper Richard Rene Rivera, Carlos Garza who was identified as a Reserve Deputy Constable with Maverick County With Precinct 4 Maverick County. Consuelo Rivera, a civilian, was charged with ‘Impersonating a Peace Officer’, civilians Reginaldo Mandujano, and Diana Marie Salinas were also arrested.
The investigation was a combined effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Racing Commission, Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Office of OIG, and the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
All four officers with affiliation to Harris and Fort Bend Counties have been terminated. Many aspects of the case remain under investigation. More arrests are possible.
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