Up for a Third Term, El Paso County Sheriff Attends Fundraiser at Drug Felon’s House
Just days before the election that could keep him in office for a third term the top law enforcement official in El Paso County, Texas attended a fundraising event at the home of a convicted felon with connections to the illegal drug trade. Outraged officers in the agency that patrols over 1,000 square miles with a population of about 800,000 are asking commissioners to investigate the matter, which they claim will destroy public respect and confidence in their agency.
It’s not the first time that the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPCSO) elected leader, Richard Wiles, is involved in a scandal. A few years ago one of Wiles’ deputy chiefs, Jesus “Eddie” Campa, got criminally indicted for embezzling millions of dollars in Homeland Security funds. Campa served in the department as a jailer and officer for two decades, according to public records. He left the agency in 2014 following the indictment allegations, supposedly for embezzling $5.6 million in Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) funds, sources told Judicial Watch. After an unusually short stint as police chief for the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, Campa landed a spot as police chief in Marshall, a town of about 24,000 residents in northeast Texas. – READ MORE