2 SAPD sergeants indicted on charges of tampering with evidence

Indictment: Joseph Myers faked urine sample, found positive for cocaine

Published On: Dec 19 2012 06:40:12 PM CST

Two San Antonio Police Department sergeants were indicted Wednesday by a Bexar County grand jury for allegedly tampering with evidence.

Former SAPD Sgt. Joseph Myers, 52, was indicted for tampering with evidence and misapplication of funds by a fiduciary. Additionally, the grand jury indicted SAPD Sgt. Ramiro Garcia, 52, for tampering with evidence.

According to the indictment, SAPD officers were dispatched in Feb. 2012 to 755 East Mulberry for an intoxicated individual, later identified as Myers, who was causing a disturbance. Garcia was one of the officers that responded to the scene.

While at the scene, SAPD personnel located a Ford F-150 pickup truck owned by the City of San Antonio and assigned to Myers on northbound Highway 281, between Josephine and Mulberry. According to the indictment, the pickup truck had collided with the outside barrier of the highway and was not operational.

As part of an administrative investigation, SAPD personnel took Myers to a medical clinic to obtain a urine sample. It is alleged that Myers disconnected a toilet's feeder hose and used the water to dilute his urine sample.

SAPD command staff then ordered additional testing, according to the indictment. The results revealed that although Myers did not have alcohol in his system, he was positive for the presence of cocaine.

The indictment showed that the administrative and criminal investigation that ensued additionally led to the discovery of missing funds from a cash reserve controlled by Myers used to pay confidential informants and conduct narcotic buys.

The investigation revealed that in an effort to account for missing funds allegedly used forged "IOU"s to balance the cash drawer.  Meyers retired from the police force after his arrest.

The grand jury returned an indictment against Garcia for tampering with evidence for allegedly removing evidence from the city owned Ford F-150 pickup truck.  Garcia received a 15-day suspension for his involvement and is still employed by the SAPD.

The SAPD also filed tampering with evidence charges against 42-year-old Lt. Steven Velasquez, who was the on-scene incident commander. He received a 45-day suspension from the SAPD as an administrative punishment.

Tampering with evidence is a third-degree felony punishable by confinement of up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Misappropriation of funds by a Fiduciary $15,000 to $20,000 is a state jail felony punishable by confinement from 180 days to two years in a state jail facility and up to a $10,000 fine.