Witnesses to testify in drug case against Ex-Hanford cop

October 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Prosecutors say Ernesto Servin sold drugs to two different women on two separate occasions while he was employed as a Hanford police officer. Those women are expected to testify against him in court.

Ernesto Servin walked into a Hanford courthouse expecting to hear testimony in his preliminary hearing where a judge determines whether there's enough evidence for his case to go to trial. Instead, prosecutors stated they needed to subpoena an additional witness for the hearing.

Prosecutor James Jahn said, "We didn't get the one civilian witness subpoenaed and I think it's fairest to both sides if we have both of the civilians there for the prelim."

Servin resigned from the Hanford Police Department back in May after officers discovered drugs in his personal car. The district attorney's office had received a tip that the officer was using and selling drugs. Now, Servin is facing charges for filing a false police report and selling drugs to two women.

Jahn said, "Two counts for each woman on two occasions for each woman."

David A. Torres said, "We absolutely deny the charges at this time."

Ernesto Servin's attorney, David A. Torres, told Action News that his client is working hard to fight the charges.

Torres explained, "We have an investigator out there who's doing a thorough job on this as well so I feel we're in a comfortable position and again we are going to aggressively pursue this case."

Prosecutors say some of the charges happened while Servin was on duty. He's expected back in court for the hearing early next month.


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