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Belen Police Department


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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - News 13 has ...

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - News 13 has learned internal affairs is recommending the termination of APD detective Russell Perea in connection with the Levi Chavez case. Chavez was fired from the department in April after he was indicted for his wife Tera's 2007 murder at their Los Lunas home.

Russell Perea is one of several APD officers investigated by internal affairs for what they did just before and after Tera Chavez's death.
Perea joined APD three years ago as a transfer from the Belen Police Department.
A civil suit filed by Tera Chavez's family claims that Perea and Levi were working together the night of the murder.
It's not clear if that's why APD Internal Affairs is recommending the termination, and APD is not confirming that Perea is the officer recommended for firing, however several sources have confirmed that.

The News-Bulletin: Teacher charged with sexual assault

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During the two-week investigation, Belen Police Detectives Russell Perea and Sgt.

KRQE News 13 - Raiders pluck monster pot plants

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Russell Perea of the Belen Police Department said.

The News-Bulletin: 60 pounds of marijuana seized following hot line tip

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"Myself and Detective Russell Perea went to the area, found the residence and did what's called a knock and talk," the undercover agent said.

Russell Perea's "termination ...

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Russell Perea's "termination is the result of violations of APD standard operating procedures involving conduct both on and off duty," police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman wrote in an email last week.

Perea, a former Belen police detective, was on duty and sharing a police car with Levi on the evening Tera Chavez died.
They spent the last four hours of their shift logging evidence at APD's West Side substation, Perea told attorneys for Tera's family during a deposition in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Levi, APD and several individual officers.
Perea, not Levi Chavez, had tagged the belt tape into evidence, the lawsuit states.
According to the lawsuit, Perea later acknowledged that he was "not entirely truthful" in his deposition.
Perea's attorney, Sam Bregman, blasted APD's decision to fire Perea and vowed to get him his job back.
"Russell Perea did nothing wrong and was not involved in any way, shape or form in the death of Levi Chavez's wife," Bregman said in a telephone interview.
Perea appealed his termination on Tuesday, Bregman said, and will schedule a hearing with the city personnel board.
The Internal Affairs investigation that resulted in a proposal to fire Perea named four officers, including Levi Chavez, as targets.

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