Chula Vista police officer arrested for allegedly cheating while gambling

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – A Chula Vista police officer was behind bars Friday for allegedly cheating while gambling at an East County gaming house, officials announced today.

Jesus A. Salazar, 30, was arrested Thursday night at Sycuan Casino in the Dehesa area and booked into county jail on suspicion of the misdemeanor charge, with bail set at $10,000, said Bernard Gonzales, a spokesman for the Chula Vista Police Department.

Salazar, a nine-year CVPD veteran assigned to patrol duties, was playing blackjack when he allegedly was caught “capping,” or surreptitiously adding chips to a winning bet after a round of play is complete.

At a briefing late this morning, Chula Vista police Chief David Bejarano pledged that any misconduct on the part of his employees would not be tolerated.

“If, in fact, the … allegation is sustained and is accurate, I can assure you this person will not be a member of our department in the near future,” Bejarano told reporters outside CVPD headquarters on Fourth Avenue.

At the time of his arrest, Salazar was already facing a DUI charge stemming from an April 9 traffic arrest that also took place at or near Sycuan Casino, according to Gonzales.

The officer will be on unpaid leave pending resolution of the latest allegation against him, the spokesman said.

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