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Sheriff's deputy charged with perjury in drug case

Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.
Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.
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An L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy has been charged with perjury and filing a false police report. Francisco Enriguez, 36 turned himself in on Friday and was released on $45,000 bail.

Enriguez is accused of lying about transporting a female suspect arrested during a traffic stop to jail. Enriguez allegedly reported finding drugs in his patrol car after driving the woman to the Century Regional Detention Facility. 

Prosecutors, however, say a different deputy, not Enriguez, transported the woman, and so he could not have found her drugs in his car.

If found guilty, Enriguez faces up to 4 years and 8 months in prison.

Sheriff's Spokesman Steve Whitmore said the department was aware of the case — and that it was actually investigators from the sheriff's department who first noticed the alleged inaccuracy. Whitmore said Enriguez has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case. 

Enriguez will next appear in court on October 18, when he's expected to make his plea. 

Update: LAT has more background on the case. A couple was apparently pulled over as they stopped for gas after deputies allegely observed them driving dangerously. Deputies apparently suspected the two were on drugs and arrested them both. Enriguez reported finding a bag of meth on the floor of his car where the female suspect had been sitting. When call logs were examined, they allegedly showed that Enriguez had not driven her to the station. Felony drug charges against the woman were later dropped.