Harris Co. Sheriff's Office deputy indicted for possession, delivery of ecstasy tablets

Jesus Martinez, a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy, has surrendered to federal authorities following the return of a federal indictment alleging he aided in the possession of a controlled substance, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

September 21, 2012 1:10:40 PM PDT
A Harris County Sheriff's deputy is off the job, accused of aiding in the possession and delivery of ecstasy tablets in the Houston area.

Jesus Martinez, of Humble, has surrendered to federal authorities following the return of a federal indictment that on or about July 23, Martinez allegedly aided others in the possession of MDMA, aka ecstasy, a schedule I controlled substance.

Harris Co. Sheriff Adrian Garcia released a statement Friday which read in part, "Every single one of the employees at the HCSO is expected to obey the law and play by the rules. 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. Mr. Martinez owes an apology to his colleagues, his coworkers, and the residents of Harris County... His actions have tainted the good work of our deputies who risk their lives every day to keep Harris County safe."

Martinez, 30, had been employed with the HCSO since 2007 and was assigned to the patrol bureau.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years imprisonment as well as a $1 million fine.