Deputy arrested for falsifying evidence to convict an innocent person

April 14, 2020

Richard Barrios

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office charged a sheriff deputy on Friday with two felonies related to his arrest of a woman he wrongly believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

On Nov. 12, Richard Barrios III, 27, arrested the woman and transported her to the Camarillo patrol station, where she provided him a urine sample. After discovering the sample was negative for drugs, Barrios allegedly discarded the urine and the findings.

Barrios wrote in his report that the woman had refused to provide a urine sample.

A couple hours later, the woman provided another deputy a urine sample, which again tested negative supporting the woman’s assertion she was not under the influence of a controlled substance.

Sheriff personnel then released the woman, who was not booked into jail or charged with a crime.

On Friday, Barrios was arrested for allegedly destroying evidence and filing a false police report and booked into the Ventura County Jail. He is currently out of custody on bail.

Barrios, who has been a deputy for six years, pleaded guilty in 2016 to a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace related to a fight with an 18-year-old man.


You Dow-haters are ignorant. There is this thing called “evidence” that he deals with. Just people throwing accusations out doesn’t mean it would be credible in court. You people make me sick. Dan is the most ethical and honest man to hold the office and you people are blind.

Ralph Snart

I wonder what he did to piss off his supervisor…


Exactly. He was just being a good cop. Supervisor could have easily let it slide and probably has many, many times. Otherwise, why try such a blatantly corrupt thing for the first time? Falsifying evidence is standard police work.

Perhaps he’s broken social distancing with the wrong someone else’s wife? That’s also normal behavior for police.

Ralph Snart