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Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Federal Drug/Firearms Violations
TYLER, Texas – A 38-year-old Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.
Kimbrick Bernard Jones, of Tyler, Texas, was arrested today pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with two counts of narcotics distribution. The complaint also alleges Jones was armed during both drug transactions.
U.S. Attorney Bales said, “The allegations of drug dealing set out in the complaint are, alone, extremely serious and deserving of investigation. However, the fact that the accused individual is a sworn peace officer makes this case urgent, and we will apply all of our available resources to resolve the matter. I appreciate and commend Sheriff Larry Smith’s vigilance and cooperation in what is a difficult situation. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is a proud and distinguished law enforcement organization and it will only become stronger as it works through this case with the Texas Rangers and the FBI.”
If convicted, Jones faces up to 20 years for each drug distribution violation and a minimum of five years for a firearms violation.
This case is being investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Rangers and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jim Middleton and Richard Moore.
It is important to note that a complaint, arrest, or indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.