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Prosecutors say former South Coast sheriff's deputy could face jail time for disposing of evidence in case

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A former Ventura County Sheriff's deputy could face jail time after prosecutors say he pled guilty to improperly disposing of evidence in a case.

They say deputy threw away drug test showing woman's innocence in possible DUI case.

Prosecutors say a former Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy could face jail time after entering a guilty plea to a charge he improperly disposed of evidence in a case.

They say in November of 2019, Richard Charles Barrios was on a routine patrol in Camarillo when he pulled over a car for a traffic violation. He and a second deputy suspected the woman driving the car was under the influence of drugs. The woman denied it, but she was arrested.

Barrios took her to the Camarillo station, and had her take a urine test. But, prosecutors say after checking the test results, he threw them away, and claimed she refused to provide a sample. She complained to another deputy, who found the test kit in the trash. It showed the test for drugs was negative. She took another test, which was also negative.

The woman was then released. Barrios could face up to 365 days in jail, and two years probation when he’s sentenced next month.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.