“He's been highly respected, he was a good cop, but sometimes you get a bad egg and that's what happened here,” said Hanford Police Chief Carlos Mestas during a press conference, Thursday evening.
That "bad egg" he’s talking about is 30-year-old patrol officer, Ernesto Servin. He's accused of providing drugs to several people in Hanford. He was arrested after a two day investigation conducted by Hanford Police and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.
Mestas explained, “The investigation revealed and search warrants were served in his personal car and there was marijuana, methamphetamine and Oxycontin found in his personal vehicle.”
Chief Mestas says he doesn't believe any other officers were involved, and Servin was working alone. Investigators believe this wasn't the only thing Servin was doing. Mestas added, “We believe he wrote reports having to do with narcotics that were never turned in, and maybe wrote a report that was not necessarily true to fact.”
They believe he did this to cover up for himself. Hanford resident, Mike Lewis expressed, “They're supposed to be representing the community and not dealing in those activities, more than anything, I'm just shocked that he would do that.”
Hanford resident Audrey Lewis said, “It makes you wonder because they're supposed to be protecting us and taking care of us, and if they're partaking in that kind of thing, we just never know.”
Chief Mestas says he's just as shocked, “It's very disheartening when it's entrusted upon us to enforce the laws and one of our own is in fact violating the laws. That's why we take it so serious. I could tell you, the D.A. and all our investigators, of all the people that we want off the streets, it’s a dirty cop.”
Ernesto Servin resigned earlier Thursday afternoon, when he was confronted by investigators, before his arrest. He was booked into Kings County Jail on possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, possession of controlled substance for sale, perjury, and fraud by trust.
The investigation is still ongoing. Bail has been set at $125,000.