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Longtime drug prosecutor resigns after cocaine bust

District attorney: No one yet assigned to take over federal drug task force duties

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Clark County prosecutor David Schubert speaks to the judge as Paris Hilton pleads guilty at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Sept. 20, 2010. Hilton pleaded guilty to charges stemming from her arrest for cocaine possession at the Wynn Las Vegas.

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David C. Schubert

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David Roger

A veteran narcotics prosecutor turned in his resignation Friday following his arrest last month on cocaine possession charges.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger said he received a resignation letter from David Schubert, a chief deputy district attorney.

"Mr. Schubert's letter of resignation will be accepted in lieu of termination," Roger said Friday afternoon.

Schubert, 47, who had been assigned to a federal drug trafficking task force, was arrested March 19 after being pulled over during a traffic stop. An officer found a substance on the passenger's side floor of his car that was found to be rock cocaine.

"He prosecuted drug cases as a member of the HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program) drug task force," Roger said. "And we have not assigned anybody to that task force to replace him yet."

Schubert was released from the Clark County Detention Center the day after his arrest on his own recognizance and told to return May 19. His arraignment is expected to be on that date in Las Vegas Justice Court, but has not yet been placed on the court calendar.

The state attorney general's office will handle the prosecution in Schubert's case.

Schubert worked in the district attorney's office since 2002, first as a law clerk, then eventually was hired as deputy district attorney.

He was the prosecutor in recent high-profile drug cases involving Paris Hilton and pop singer Bruno Mars, who both pleaded to lesser charges to avoid jail time.

Schubert was arrested when a police officer patrolling an area known for narcotics sales in Las Vegas noticed a BMW stop in front of a home on Lisbon Avenue and pick up a man, according to the arrest report.

The BMW, driven by Schubert, then drove to an apartment complex a few blocks south on Dumont Boulevard, where the passenger got out of the car and went inside the complex, the arrest report said.

Schubert drove away and parked nearby until the man returned several minutes later, police said.

After Schubert failed to use a turn signal as he turned onto Cambridge Street, the patrol officer pulled him over for a traffic stop, according to the arrest report.

At that point, the passenger — later identified as 43-year-old Raymond Streeter — jumped out of Schubert's car and ran north on Cambridge Street toward Sierra Vista Drive, police said in the report.

Officers arrested Streeter, who told police that he had been buying cocaine for Schubert for the past six or seven months, the report said.

Streeter told police that Schubert, who he knew by the name of "Joe," would give him $40 three or four times a week to buy cocaine at different locations, according to the arrest report.

Officers arrested Schubert after the white, rock-like substance found in his BMW tested positive for cocaine. Police also seized a semi-automatic handgun, four magazines with 47 bullets and two boxes of 9 mm bullets with 50 bullets each from Schubert's vehicle, according to the arrest report.

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  1. What a fool, he could've gone to any bar and gotten a better connection than roaming the streets having some convicted felon score him drugs.

  2. Hypocrite.

    Just saying

  3. All people in DA office should be drug and alchohol tested every week. Also, if Rogers has nothing to hide, why won'y he have a drug test?

  4. Besides the joy of seeing this hypocrite get his, this case shows how utterly stupid and unConstitutional this country's drug laws are.

    "The legal system has also been wounded by lawyers who themselves no longer respect the rule of law ..... When lawyers cannot be trusted to observe the fair processes essential to maintaining the rule of law, how can we expect the public to respect the process?" -- the Honorable Edith Jones to Harvard's Federalist Club "American Legal System Is Corrupt Beyond Recognition, Judge Tells Harvard Law School" 2/28/03

  5. "The drug laws are 'Make-Work' propositions for the legal establishment - "

    airweare -- on this topic it's never been said better. But you forgot to mention the devastation of automatic forfeiture -- government (particularly the police) can just take and keep everything without even charging you with a crime.

    "The struggle for liberty has been a struggle against Government. The essential scheme of our Constitution and Bill of Rights was to take Government off the backs of people." -- Columbia Broadcasting Sys., Inc. v. Democratic Nat'l Comm., 412 U.S. 94, 162 (1973), Justice Douglas concurring