Two Houston police patrol officers have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation into criminal allegations.
The pair worked the evening swing shift out of HPD's Northwest Patrol Division and were taken into custody early Wednesday morning.
Houston police said officers Kendrick Ferguson, 33, and German Ramos, 36, along with a civilian, Alex Matos, have been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance over 400 grams.
If convicted, each could face 15 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Sources told KPRC Local 2 the officers were arrested during an undercover sting for alleged drug activity.
"If these allegations turn out to be true, it clearly angers every person out there wearing the badge who's doing a good job day in and day out and has the integrity to be a Houston police officer," Houston Police Officers Union President Ray Hunt said.
Both officers graduated from the police academy together and joined the force in January 2009.
"We are going to police ourselves and if we have officers who are violating the laws, we are going to prosecute them," Hunt said.