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Michelle Barrientes Vela

Michelle Barrientes Vela, second from right, attended the press conference held by Judge Nelson Wolff on Wednesday.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Michelle Barrientes Vela — a former Precinct 2 constable who is running for sheriff — has been indicted on multiple criminal charges, according to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.

Leticia Vazquez is sworn in as Bexar County's Precinct 2 Constable.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

There’s a new constable for Bexar County’s Precinct 2.

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Leticia Vazquez after being announced as the potential replacement for the Precinct 2 Constable seat.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Commissioners have selected Leticia Vazquez, a sheriff’s deputy, for the potential replacement in the Precinct 2 Constable seat.

 

Deputy Constable Alex Chavez stands outside of his patrol unit.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Constables are as old as Texas — with jobs being created to help patrol the frontier. But some Bexar County leaders are questioning the relevance of the position, especially after the FBI raided the office of Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela this week.


Michelle Barrientes Vela, second from right, attended the press conference held by Judge Nelson Wolff on Wednesday.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

When Michelle Barrientes Vela announced she intends to run for sheriff in 2020, she triggered her eventual resignation as Bexar County Constable for Precinct 2. That's the finding of District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela defended herself during a news conference Monday, several hours after Texas Rangers and FBI agents raided her Gilbeau Road office.

No charges have been filed and no arrests were made.