Sierra Vista officer resigns over affair with informant

Sierra Vista officer resigns over affair with informant

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The supervisor of a drug unit at the Sierra Vista Police Department has been forced to resign after it was discovered that he was having a sexual relationship with a confidential informant and that he took her cell phone out of evidence.

Acting police chief Adam Thrasher said Cpl. Michael Mitchell began the relationship around May and that the department learned about it in July.

An investigation revealed that Mitchell had taken the informant’s cell phone out of a truck that was in evidence.

Mitchell could not be reached for comment. He resigned at the end of October after being told he was being fired.

Thrasher said that about 17 felony drug cases were dropped because Mitchell, who was a necessary witness, had been on leave pending the investigation.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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