Palm Springs, CA-- The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department developed information about possible criminal activity on the part of a department member. The Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau conducted a criminal investigation into allegations that a deputy sheriff was involved in illegal drug activity during his off-duty hours.
On September 5, 2012, at 5:20 P.M., the investigation resulted in the arrest of Omar Gomez during his off duty hours, for 11550 (e) H&S possession of a loaded firearm while under the influence, 11364 H&S possession of drug paraphernalia, and 4140 B&P possession of a hypodermic needle. At the time of his arrest Gomez was employed as a deputy sheriff with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Gomez was booked into the Larry Smith Correctional Facility and was later released on bail. His peace officer powers were suspended and he was placed on paid administrative leave.
Gomez was most recently assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center. He has been employed with the Sheriff’s Department since 2007.
Due to the ongoing criminal and administrative investigation no further information will be provided at this time.