A Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after an internal investigation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau, it was reported today.
Omar Gomez was arrested during his off-duty hours at 5:20 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department report.
Allegations of Gomez’ “illegal drug activity” during off-duty hours prompted the investigation and resulted in his arrest for alleged possession of a loaded firearm while under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle, officials said.
“At the time of his arrest, Gomez was employed as a deputy sheriff with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department … Gomez was most recently assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center. He has been employed with the Sheriff’s Department since 2007,” the report said.
Gomez was booked into the Larry Smith Correctional Facility and was later released on bail.
His peace officer powers were suspended and he was placed on paid administrative leave.