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Police: Deputy DA paid man to buy drugs for him

District attorney in process of ending David Schubert’s employment


Left: Clark County prosecutor David Schubert speaks to the judge as Paris Hilton pleads guilty to a cocaine possession charge at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Sept. 20, 2010. Right: Schubert’s jail booking photo after a March 19 arrest on drug charges.

Updated Monday, March 21, 2011 | 2:13 p.m.

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Peter Hernandez, aka Bruno Mars, center, appears in court to waive an evidentiary hearing for a felony cocaine possession charge and receive a date in state court for a plea, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, in Las Vegas. Mars was accompanied by his defense attorneys Blair Berk, second from left, David Chesnoff, second from right and Richard Schonfeld, right. Deputy district attorney David Schubert, left, looked on.

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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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Clark County's deputy district attorney — who recently prosecuted high-profile celebrity drug cases — allegedly had been paying a Las Vegas man to purchase drugs for him, according to an arrest report released Monday.

David Schubert, 47, was arrested Saturday evening in his BMW in the area of Cambridge Street and Dumont Boulevard in Las Vegas. He was charged with possession of cocaine and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, police said.

A traffic stop led to Schubert's arrest after police allegedly found cocaine on the passenger's side floorboard of his vehicle.

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 exited the car and went inside the complex, the arrest report alleges.

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

The patrol officer initiated a traffic stop on Cambridge Street after Schubert failed to use a turn signal, according to the arrest report.

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

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

Police say Streeter who he knew as "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.

Schubert, a graduate of UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law, recently prosecuted the high-profile drug cases involving Paris Hilton and pop singer Bruno Mars.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger said anger was his first reaction to the news of Schubert's arrest. Schubert had been hired at his office in 2002 as a law clerk before eventually becoming the deputy district attorney and serving on a drug task force.

"I was angry that a deputy district attorney would allegedly put himself in this position," Roger said. "I placed trust in him and assigned him to a state and federal drug task force."

Roger said his office is in the process of terminating Schubert's employment. Schubert can either resign or contest the termination, he said.

"He is like any other alleged criminal," Roger said. "He will be prosecuted and held accountable just like anyone else."

Officials from the State Bar of Nevada will be monitoring Schubert's case, said Phil Pattee, assistant bar counsel. If he's convicted, the bar will follow state law and file a petition with the Nevada Supreme Court, which will decide how to proceed with Schubert's license, he said.

Schubert was released from the Clark County Detention Center on Sunday. He is scheduled to appear before court May 19.

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  1. Chunky says:

    If this is true...

    Absolutely brilliant career move!

    What was he thinking? Spend a lifetime and fortune building up a career, make it to the DA's office and blow it all messing around with cocaine.

    He'll probably get a deal cut and this will go away. He'll certainly never see the inside of a real prison with the level of connections and resources he has.

    Dumb, dumb, dumb!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  2. I wonder if he asked the judge for the maximum for Miss Hilton.

  3. The war on drugs claims another victim for no good reason.

  4. Chunky says:

    He just saw a report on 8 News that Mr. Schubert was caught buying crack from some crackhead and faces 1-4 years in prison.

    Chunky isn't a betting man but he'd be tempted to bet this guy gets the sweetest deal any crackhead has ever gotten. He'll never see even a month in a real prison.

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  5. Hypocritical and disgusting. Any and all drug cases, especially for cocaine possession/usage, in which Mr. Schubert acted as a prosecutor, in which the state obtained a conviction, need to be retried or reversed. What an example; a prosecutor who tries other people for drug possession, is charged with the possession of cocaine.

  6. Don't u think everyone should try coke just once to see what it's like? I'm guessing Paris turned him on to it and he did let her off pretty easily. End the war on drugs and show some compassion and kindness.

  7. Ha Ha Hypocrite! Hypocrite! Hypocrite!!!

  8. All high profile cases prosecuted by this guy will get thrown out!!! HAHAHA

  9. What does Sisolak think about this, no interview of Sisolak...

  10. This raises many question on how David Rogers is conducting business at the DA office!

  11. Batman cannot be serious. I've said it before and I'll repeat it: if you ingest "recreational" drugs, they will take over your life as they are more powerful then you are. Be smart, stay as far away from them as possible. It's easier to never begin using them then it will be to quit.

  12. WoW.... what a waste!

  13. Position or not, no one does prison time for a first time offense. Get real. His career in Clark County, however, is over. Cue the Fat Lady.

  14. let me re-phrase "first time drug offense"

  15. Its not that he got caught, its just that for someone who prosecutes and make judgements on people who use drugs then does it himself makes me sick. It is so hypocritical. @PatriciaLV: You are right it is not funny. More important, this guy prosecuted many of Brian Yant's cases....TWO BAD APPLES in the same batch of cases...very bad. I think there will be a larger scale investigation by the Feds since Schubert was part of a federal task force.

  16. Another fine example of how public employees perform their daily duties on and off the time clock. This is just another example of how mindless public employee trolls work for the government that we pay for on a daily basis. What a waste of taxpayer funds.

  17. How many lives has Mr. Schubert ruined by recommending long prison terms for drug possession? This guy is a world class hypocrite! Regardless of your opinion on drugs, this man deserves a lengthy prison sentence just for being a pompous hypocrite who thought the law didn't apply to him.

  18. I say legalize drugs. Maybe use this case as a basis for getting rid of Rogers. Ok, so may the Lord have mercy on this child of God as well on all of those who have made vile comments on here.

  19. Bet he signals next time he makes a turn....

  20. 1-4 years for buying crack?

    No wonder NV is broke. Losing his job is penalty enough. Instead of spending x amount to lock him up for a year, maybe we could spend 1/10th of x and extend a offer of assistance in fighting his addiction.

    Yes, addiction. Only an addict would drive a BMW into the hood with a semi auto pistol looking to buy crack.

  21. The FBI should investigate the DA's office. We know this is a tip of the iceberg, what about the Justice Department, Metro, the HOA lawsuits, etc. etc.

    In fact, the UN should investigate as well.

    Maybe he will say this was "research" he was doing for his job, like the NHP "accident investigator" who said he was tainted by second hand pot smoke and that caused him to kill an innocent motorist.

    Rodgers should also resign. He only allows himself to be interviewed by the local hate talk radio stations that lob softball questions at him.

  22. He should be made an example of to show other City Officials what will happen to them if they are caught in a similiar situation. Any prior cases involving drugs should also be dropped if he was involved in the prosecution. Instead he will receive a slap on the wrist and disappear into the night. City Officals prefer the old "Do as we SAY not as we DO."

  23. Every case that Schubert has prosecuted, or at least the drug cases, going back for quite a while is going to have to be looked at. Monies that Las Vegas can ill afford to spend. I am so freakin' sick and tired of all these elected hypocrites.

  24. Reminds me of Muddy Waters's song -- Champagne and Reefer.

    I'm gonna get high
    Gonna get high just as sure as you know my name.
    Y'know I'm gonna get so high this morning
    It's going to be a cryin' shame.
    Well you know I'm gonna stick with my reefer
    Ain't gonna be messin' round with no cocaine.

  25. How many Nevadans are now in jail because of possession of small amounts of marijuana and cocaine?

    How much is the average cost of holding someone in prison in Nevada?

    I suspect we could save millions of dollars by reviewing the sentences of non-violent drug offenders, and by ceasing this endless "War on Drugs."

    Gary Johnson, ex Gov. of New Mexico, is one of the leading advoctes of reform. I have attached a link to one of his statements.

    While meth, heroin, and other horrible drugs need to be outlawed, we really need to think about restructuring our laws when it comes to such drugs as marijuana and cocaine.

  26. cpb...
    and a few others; aireweare, wally, unlv702, have some perspective that bears minding;

    Kicking a fellow human whilst they're on the ground in the fetal position is really, really tacky, and shows a lack of some essential human element...

    The notion that he's getting karmic payback might be something you are also visiting on yourselves.

    That said, I'm curious to know if this will affect the dope cases he's prosecuted. I am quite sure the specter will be raised by certain defense attorneys.

    A certain percentage of doctors diagnose & medicate themselves, and end up addicted. We should probably have them all rounded up this minute and stand before a firing squad of Sun commenters.

  27. He should at the very least be fired and forfeit all of his pension and benefits. Also hold him in counmty lockup for as many days as they are able. Oh, and the BMW should go to the law enforcement agency. (Maybe not. 2:1 it's leased). These guys are supposed to lead by example. When one goes bad, it tarnishes the reputation of all of the good, law abiding people working in his department.
    What an idiot, I've done ride alongs with the police in these areas, A BMW in a known drug area is a dead giveaway (probable cause). The guy breaking and running sealed his fate! He may have otherwise just been questioned and sent on his way after identifying himself if his connection hadn't gotten hinky and ran (and left the contraband in the car as he ran!). As forest Gump said: Stupid is as stupid does!

  28. Chunky says:

    Again, if all this is true and accurate..

    Maybe a long prison term is too expensive and over the top. But, if this guy has any assets why couldn't the city or state garnish / levy those assets to pay for the costs of his trial or incarceration?

    DA and LEO types should be held to a higher standard since they not only know and enforce the law against others, they take an oath to become attorneys and officers. Do DA types swear to an oath?

    Chunky wonders if Mr. Schubert begged mercy and leniency from the arresting officers as so many that he has prosecuted has. Talk about made for YouTube!

    Ms. Valley, thanks for the thorough update. Are things like arresting officer records and dashboard camera videos available to journalists?

    His apology / statement to the judge when he appears before the court should be interesting if he actually is man enough to own up to his actions.

    Hopefully he'll address his addictions and get his life back on track; just not on the taxpayers payroll again.

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  29. Folks, this is America. He's entitled to due process and will recieve punishment if he is found guilty. This most likely is his first offense and if so, he should not go to jail. He should be put on probation and some counseling. It's the repeat/violent offenders that should be locked up.

    He will loose his job. Might even loose his license. Even if he does loose both. He still has a education and still will be able to find a good job. Maybe this is a good thing for him, before something really bad happended.

  30. The sooner we stop playing the hypocrite role when it comes to drugs and sex, the better the nation will be.
    ...and you wonder why Paris Hilton and her dude skated on their charges.
    People that pretend law enforcement people are super heroes should realize that they are no more than a microcosm of society. ...and in these crazy days, that microcosm is not exactly the cream of societies' crop.

  31. I certainly don't have all the facts but I've got better things to do with my tax money than putting him in prison. We could put two kids thru college for a year for the same cost as incarcerating him for a year. Just my priorities. I have no idea how he treated first offenders but he should probably get similar. But if he incarcerated people and was "tough on crime" then he probably deserves the same. He lost his job, reputation and probably his ability to practice law or make a decent living. But if there is an extra penalty it has to be for doing this while being a trusted member of society in a trusted position. If he put first offenders in rehab then I'm ok with that being his sentence. Well, that on top of all the other consequences that he's already dealing with.

  32. Mr. Lale wrote: "...Maybe this is a good thing for him, before something really bad happended." (sp)

    Chunky says:

    Yea, good point! Who knows, this guy could have went on the become a politician!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  33. Legalize all drugs and we won't have this problem.

  34. Comment removed by moderator. Language.

  35. Give the guy a break. Yes, in his position it's very hypocritical to be using, but that's what addicts do.

    His addiction didn't care what he did for a living, it wanted to get high.

    He made some bad choices and should pay a price, but a stint in rehab and probation can iron this out.

    I think he should be able to come back to work when it's all said and done with some clean time under his belt.