›› Update: Cathedral High School coach resigns after arrest

Cathedral High School's baseball coach, Michael Beltran Sr., was arrested on drug charges over the weekend, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

He is the third employee from El Paso County schools arrested on drug possession charges since Thursday.

Beltran, 62, was arrested Saturday during a joint operation of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, said sheriff's spokeswoman Chris Acosta.

According to jail records, Beltran faces charges of possessing more than 1 gram and less than 4 grams of a controlled substance. His bond is $1,500.

No other details were available on the arrest, Acosta said.

Cathedral High School spokesman Ramon "Ray" Macias IV wrote in an email that the school was "deeply saddened by the news" of Beltran's arrest.

Macias called Beltran a "loving father, grandfather and dedicated son" who had been a leader in the school's athletic department. Besides being the school's head baseball coach, Beltran has also served as a part-time physical education instructor.

"Cathedral High School is committed to providing positive role models and fostering a safe learning environment rooted in Christian values for our students," Macias continued. "In strict adherence to guidelines provided by the Catholic Diocese of El Paso and Cathedral High School, zero-tolerance will be given to faculty members guilty of using any controlled substance on or off campus, and we will determine the next steps concerning details of this case as they become available."


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On Thursday, sheriff's deputies arrested Raul Gomez and Joe Paul Solis, also on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Gomez is an assistant girls basketball coach for Del Valle High School in the Ysleta Independent School District.

Solis is a counselor at Frank Macias Elementary School in the Clint Independent School District.

Gomez was arrested on suspicion of possessing between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance. Solis was arrested on suspicion of possessing between 1 and 4 grams of cocaine.

David Burge may be reached at dburge@elpasotimes.com; 546-6126.