An Oklahoma City police sergeant faces a misdemeanor charge after being accused of tipping off the subject of a search warrant in a drug case.
Sgt. Maria Christina Cervantes was booked at the Oklahoma County jail Friday on a misdemeanor count of obstructing officers, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
Cervantes has been on administrative leave since an investigation into the matter began last year.
Nelson said an internal investigation into the case continues and will not conclude until after the criminal investigation.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the criminal charge, officers raided two locations Nov. 10, 2010, including the home of a confidential informant.
Police found text messages on the informant's phone from Cervantes.
Among the messages was one telling the informant to “stay away,” and another saying she hoped officers wouldn't find anything.
A third message said, “They are supposed to be kicking in the door, but you didn't hear it from me,” the affidavit states.
Cervantes could not be reached for comment.
Staff Writer Tim Willert