Brownsville officer arrested after allegedly searching for her undocumented Mexican boyfriend
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Valerie Rivas, an officer with Brownsville Police Department, was arrested Feb. 26 by a Border Patrol agent after she was allegedly searching for her boyfriend, a Mexico citizen.Swipe through to see a gallery of other Texas officers in trouble with the law. Photo:  Brownsville Police Department

Valerie Rivas, an officer with Brownsville Police Department, was arrested Feb. 26 by a Border Patrol agent after she was allegedly searching for her boyfriend, a Mexico citizen.

Swipe through to see a gallery of other Texas officers in trouble with the law.

A police officer in South Texas has been placed on administrative leave while she faces federal human smuggling charges.

Valerie Rivas, an officer with the Brownsville Police Department, was arrested at 8:17 p.m. Feb. 26 by Border Patrol agent Christopher Alaniz.

According to a federal affidavit provided by Alaniz, Rivas was spotted by a Coast Guard helicopter hiding in sand dunes of Padre Island National Seashore in the fetal position.

"Rivas stated that she is currently dating one of the undocumented illegal immigrants apprehended on the island and identified him as Alfredo Salazar-Hernandez," the affidavit stated. "Rivas stated that she has been dating for approximately 12 years. Rivas freely stated she was aware that Salazar is an undocumented illegal immigrant from Tabasco, Mexico."

Rivas also added that Salazar was supposed to arrive in Victoria, Texas, on Feb. 25 but when she did not hear from him, she ultimately decided to look for him on Padre Island National Seashore.

Rivas was released from jail on a $20,000 unsecured bond, the Associated Press reported.
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