BSO Deputy to Enter Drug
Arrest for Drug Charges
Broward Sheriff's Deputy Santiago Mayorga agreed
Wednesday to enter a 12-month drug rehab program to dismiss felony drug charges
that were filed against him after he was involved in an off duty hit and run
incident in Pompano Beach last month.
The hit and run charge, a misdemeanor, still remains
Defense lawyer Alan Grinberg said Mayorga, only 22,
admitted the drugs were his and conceded that he needed help.
for a police officer to go into a drug court program," said Grinberg.
"But in this case it was the just
thing to do."
The transfer of the case to drug court was administrative
and not part of a deal with prosecutors, said Broward State Attorney's Office
spokesman Ron Ishoy.
The deputy appeared Wednesday before Broward Circuit
Judge Michele Towbin Singer, who approved the deal. If Mayorga completes the
drug rehabilitation program, the felony drug charges he faces will be
He has been suspended with pay since the accident.
The suspension is now without pay while an internal
Deputy Mayorga will still face a court case for the hit
and run charge. His future with the department will not be determined until
Sheriff Scott Israel completes his own internal investigation.
22 year -old Santiago Mayorga,
has been with the department for just over a year.
He pled not guilty to charges stemming from a July 4th
hit and run accident in Pompano Beach.
After hitting another vehicle on Copans Road after
exiting I-95 while off duty in his patrol car, Mayorga went to his home.
Investigators arrived there and found marijuana in a
plastic bag as well as paraphernalia in plain sight. He was charged with four
felony counts, including possession of LSD and amphetamines.
Mayorga will still face a court case for the hit and run
Mayorga's next court date is scheduled for August 22.