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Mike Perlstein / Eyewitness News
Email: mperlstein@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mperlstein

NEW ORLEANS - The co-defendant of former Saints defensive back Darren Sharper in an alleged double rape in New Orleans was released from jail Monday after posting a $400,000 bail, but Jefferson Parish stepped in at the last minute and picked him up on a traffic warrant.

Erik Nunez, locked up since he surrendered to authorities on Feb. 28, had covered his bail by paying a commercial bondsman more than $40,000.

With his bond papers in hand, Nunez was brought to Orleans Parish Prison from his holding cell in St. Charles Parish lockup where he was being held.

But just as he was about to be released from OPP, a Jefferson Parish deputy scooped him up and took him to the Jefferson lockup in Gretna.

Court records show that Nunez, 26, missed a $25-dollar payment on an old speeding ticket.

Nunez's attorneys immediately began scrambling to clear up the matter and gain their client's freedom. The attorneys, Herb Larson and Jeffrey Smith, say their client is innocent and previously blasted what they described as a lack of evidence in the rape case.

Sharper, the 14-year veteran safety who won a Super Bowl with the Saints before he retired after the 2010 season, remains in jail in Los Angeles, where he is charged with two counts of rape and five drug counts related to slipping narcotics in the drinks of his alleged victims. He had been placed on house arrest after posting a $1 million bond, but was re-incarcerated after the New Orleans police issued the arrest warrant.

Sharper remains under investigation for alleged sexual assaults in three other states but, similar to the New Orleans case, has not been formally charged by prosecutors.

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