SAN ANTONIO – A deputy accused of helping collect a drug debt for an inmate at the Bexar County Jail told the convicted drug dealer "she loves him and that she would be there for him," according to arrest affidavits.
Deputy Rita Alvarez, 31, was one of four people arrested Wednesday morning as part of an investigation by the a Narcotics/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Unit investigation into a drug operation. Investigators said Alvarez approached a female inmate about a debt to Perez and helped collect some of it, while taking a cut herself.
The warrants also describe her participating in other errands for Perez, who for much of Alvarez's documented involvement was an inmate in the Bexar County Jail.
Now, the sheriff's office is looking how far back the corruption goes, and how widespread a problem it is.
"At this point I don't have any direct indication that there's anybody else involved. We will find out if that's the case," said BCSO Sheriff Javier Salazar.
Perez, who is currently on parole for a 2011 possession with intent to deliver conviction, was arrested back in April after police said they found hundreds of grams of black tar heroin, cocaine and hashish in a stash house he controlled. Jail records show he has been locked up since April 30.
However, the day before the stash house was raided, Alvarez, who is assigned to the jail annex, reportedly approached a female inmate about a debt she owed Perez.