Deputy indicted on drug charges

Jesus Martinez' employment with HCSO terminated

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Jesus Martinez

HOUSTON - A Harris County sheriff's deputy has been indicted on drug charges.

Jesus Martinez, 30, has been accused of aiding in the delivery of ecstasy tablets.

"Every single one of the employees at the HCSO is expected to obey the law and play by the rules," Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. "If an employee becomes involved in criminal behavior then they should know that we will do everything in our power to make sure we find them the jail cell they deserve."

Garcia said Martinez's employment with the sheriff's office has been terminated.

"Mr. Martinez owes an apology to his colleagues, his coworkers, and the residents of Harris County for tainting the reputation and hard work of the vast majority of my deputies who work hard, are honest, and exemplify ethical conduct at all times," Garcia said. "His actions have tainted the good work of our deputies who risk their lives every day to keep Harris County safe."

If convicted, Martinez would face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

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