GALVESTON

The investigation into a Galveston police officer accused of helping a drug dealer avoid apprehension has led to the arrests of two more men, a department spokesman confirmed.

The men were both charged on Friday with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony.

The two men were both inside a house raided by an FBI SWAT team deployed to arrest an accused drug dealer who police said was working with a Galveston police officer as part of a prescription drug selling ring, Galveston Police Department spokesman Capt. Joshua Schirard said.

Donald Hammill, 33, and George Carter, 40, both of Galveston, were arrested on Friday, police said.

Both were being held Monday in the Galveston County jail on bonds of $250,000 each, according to jail records.

They were arrested in the same place as Salvador Rivera, 32, of Galveston, police said. Rivera was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, misuse of official information and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Galveston police officer John Rutherford was arrested Friday. He is accused of supplying Rivera with information about police movements in order to help Rivera avoid arrest, police said. He was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, misuse of official information and tampering with physical evidence.

All four men were still in custody at the Galveston County jail, according to jail records.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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