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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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