Daniel Borunda

Three El Paso educators recently arrested on suspicion of drug possession were allegedly seen buying cocaine by law enforcement officers, court documents state.

Documents stated that the arrests occurred while investigators were conducting surveillance of suspected drug sales at different spots in far East El Paso.

The arrests were made by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office with the help of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cathedral High School baseball coach Michael G. Beltran Sr.; Raul Gomez, an assistant girls basketball coach at Del Valle High School; and Joe Paul Solis, a counselor at Frank Macias Elementary School, were arrested last week on suspicion of cocaine possession.

Gomez and Solis were arrested Dec. 6 after investigators allegedly saw them about 80 minutes apart separately "purchasing a small plastic bag which contained a white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine" at a home on the far East Side, state complaint affidavits filed by the Sheriff's Office.

Documents state that that investigators found Gomez, 58, in possession of 4.5 grams of cocaine. Solis, 43, was in possession of 2 grams of cocaine, documents say.

An affidavit states that investigators saw Beltran drive into a store parking lot, park and get into the passenger side of a pickup, where he bought a small plastic bag of cocaine Saturday afternoon. Beltran was found in possession of 4 grams of cocaine, the affidavit states.


Cathedral officials said Beltran, 62, resigned Monday from his job at the private Catholic school.

Beltran is a member of the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame and had previously coached baseball at Horizon and Del Valle high schools.

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