DRISCOLL, Texas — The police chief in this small Texas community is under investigation for having allegedly taken drugs from the department’s evidence locker. During the investigation the chief has been placed on leave.
Mike J. Cantu has been the police chief of Driscoll for over a year and a half before being placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Driscoll is a small Texas community about 28 miles north from Corpus Christi. When approached by Breitbart Texas, Driscoll Mayor John Aguilar declined to provide additional information claiming the case was still under investigation. Cantu has made various public statements denying any wrongdoing on his part.
Cases of police officers taking drugs from evidence lockers have been reported in the past in South Texas. Breitbart Texas recently reported on the case of Sullivan City Police Chief Miguel Martinez and his officer Angel De La Mora. Both men were arrested earlier this year after De La Mora stole marijuana from an evidence locker and Martinez allegedly looked the other way. Since his arrest, De La Mora took a plea deal and was able to avoid jail time. Martinez is expected to go to trial.
The scandal in Driscoll comes at the same time that their former fire chief is facing an indictment in state court on aggravated sexual assault charges. On June 22, former Driscoll Fire Chief Felipe Garza went before 105th State District Court Judge Jack Pulcher for the formal reading on the indictment. The case was reset after Garza claimed to not have been able to hire an attorney since he is now unemployed. The man now remains at the Nueces County Jail on a $200,000 bond and is listed as being on suicide watch.
Breitbart Texas initially reported on Garza’s arrest in May on a criminal complaint accusing him of having a long-term sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl. Garza has been in jail since his arrest.
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