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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A Chula Vista police officer arrested for allegedly cheating at blackjack at the Sycuan Casino was free on bail Sunday and on unpaid leave from the department.   

"We are taking away his peace officer powers," Chula Vista police Chief David Bejarano said Friday. "We will take his gun and badge."  

Jesus Angel Salazar, 30, was arrested early Friday, booked on suspicion of misdemeanor illegal gambling and released later the same day on $10,000 bail. 

Salazar already was facing a drunken driving charge in connection with an April 9 arrest at the casino. Police told The San Diego Union-Tribune a tribal police officer saw him run into a stop sign as he was arriving in the casino garage about 1:30 a.m. He was turned over to the California Highway and arraigned May 20, according to the District Attorney's Office.  

Salazar was allegedly caught "capping," or surreptitiously adding chips to a winning wager after a round of play is complete.  

A spokesman for the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation told the Union-Tribune Salazar, who was with his mother and girlfriend, spent at least two and a half hours in the casino late Thursday and about half an hour at a Blackjack table.

"The suspect capped his bet three times and on his fourth attempt, the dealer notified gaming commissioners," Adam Day, assistant tribal manager, told the newspaper.  

Salazar got a safe-driving award from the department in 2006, according to the Chula Vista police website.

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A Chula Vista police officer was placed on unpaid leave Friday in the wake of his arrest on suspicion of trying to cheat an East County gaming house by padding his bets, officials said.

Jesus Angel Salazar, 30, was arrested Thursday night at Sycuan Casino in the Dehesa area and booked on suspicion of a misdemeanor illegal gambling charge, according to Bernard Gonzales, a spokesman for the Chula Vista Police Department.

The nine-year CVPD veteran was playing blackjack when he was allegedly caught "capping," or surreptitiously adding chips to a winning wager after a round of play is complete.

At a midday briefing, Chula Vista police Chief David Bejarano pledged that any misconduct on the part of members of his force would not be tolerated.

"If, in fact, the ... allegation is sustained and is accurate, I can assure you this person will not be a member of our department in the near future," Bejarano told reporters outside CVPD headquarters on Fourth Avenue.

At the time of his arrest, Salazar was already facing a DUI charge stemming from an April 9 traffic arrest that also took place at Sycuan Casino, according to Gonzales.

Late Friday morning, Salazar posted $10,000 bail and was released from custody, a jail clerk said.

The officer, whose most recent assignment was patrol duties, will remain suspended without pay pending resolution of the latest allegation against him, according to department officials.

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