LAS CRUCES – A former sheriff’s deputy in southern New Mexico was arrested Thursday on tampering with evidence charges after detectives say a cleaning crew found boxes of guns and case files at his foreclosed home.
Former Doña Ana County sheriff’s deputy Vincent Lopez was taken into custody following an investigation that began in May when the crew stumbled upon bags of evidence, firearms, ammunition and case files, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.
On May 23, a crew went to clean a foreclosed home in Las Cruces to prepare the house for resale, police said. Authorities report that when the cleaners entered the house, they found boxes containing bags of police evidence and scattered pages of police case files.
The cleaning crew gathered some of the scattered paperwork into a box and called authorities.