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Originally Published By San Bernardino Nixle
“DATE/TIME: Monday, November 6, 2023 / 5:28 p.m.
INCIDENT: Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance While Armed and Bringing Narcotics into a Jail Facility
LOCATION: 9500 Etiwanda Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga
SUSPECT(S): Samuel Espinoza, 35-year-old resident of Fontana
VICTIM(S): State of California
SUMMARY: Samuel Espinoza was employed as a San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff for the past five years and was assigned to the Transportation Division.
While on duty, Espinoza’s supervisor recognized him to be under the influence of a narcotic controlled substance. Additionally, Espinoza was found to be in possession of suspected narcotic controlled substance. Espinoza did not operate department vehicles occupied by inmates during his shift.
Though this is an active and ongoing investigation, it does not appear Espinoza furnished narcotics to any inmates or other staff members.
Espinoza was subsequently placed under arrest for HS11550 (E) – Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance While Armed and PC4573.5 – Bringing Narcotics into a Jail Facility, both felony charges.
Espinoza was booked at the High Desert Detention Center, posted bail and was released from custody.
Following his arrest, Espinoza voluntarily resigned from the Sheriff’s Department, however, the investigation will still be forwarded to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Sergeant J. Ramstad of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Transportation Division at (909) 463-5297. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).
“Events like these, while unfortunate, demonstrate our resolve and commitment to addressing crime, even when the suspect is a deputy. I am proud of the supervisors for interceding and upholding the public’s trust. I am disappointed by the choices my deputy made, and even though he no longer works for the department, it’s my hope that he receives the help he needs,” said Sheriff Shannon D. Dicus.
Refer: Sergeant J. Ramstad
Station: West Valley Detention Center – Transportation Division
Phone No. (909) 463-5297
Case No. 342301306
SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department”