The Broward Sheriff’s Office announced they arrested one of its own after a hit-and-run investigation led them to his home where they found a plethora of drugs.
Deputy Santiago Mayorga has been suspended with pay and relieved of his badge after being taking into custody Tuesday.
According to BSO, Mayorga was in his marked cruiser when he got into an accident at around 10:20 p.m. on July 4.
BSO said Mayorga exited northbound Interstate-95 at Copans Road directly behind a 2012 Mazda 3.
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Mayorga allegedly side-swiped the Mazda when they both moved from the merge lane into the eastbound right lane.
The driver of the Mazda, Penny Reynolds, told deputies she tried following the cruiser after the crash but lost sight of it.
Several BSO units — including the Public Corruption Unit, Internal Affairs and THI — responded to Mayorga’s Pompano Beach home where they said they “saw — in plain view — drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be marijuana.”
BSO detectives said besides finding drugs in the home, they found a marijuana grinder, a cigarette wrapper with an unknown chalky substance and marijuana residue in his marked car.
Mayorga is being charged with possession of amphetamine, possession of LSD, possession and/use of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis over 20 grams. He also faces charges for leaving the scene of a crash and failing to use due care.
Mayorga’s bond was set at $3,200, which he has not posted yet.