Ex-deputy admits to hiding evidence

Barrios tossed negative drug test in trash

GUILTY—Rick Barrios, former Ventura County sheriff’s deputy, will be sentenced next month on the felony charge of concealing physical matter. He’s facing a maximum of one year behind bars. Courtesy VCSO

A former Ventura County sheriff’s deputy has admitted to concealing a negative drug test that would have proven a woman’s innocence.

Richard Barrios, 29, pleaded guilty, Nov. 15 to one count of destroying physical matter with the intent of producing a false charge, a felony, stemming from a...

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