Former Houston cop facing drug charges


Former officer Marcus Carrion said nothing to reporters as he walked out of the federal courthouse under an hour ago. Accused of helping to distribute cocaine while he worked as a police officer, through his attorney, Carrion says he is not guilty.

"It's very much still in the investigative stage at least on our end. Our client asserts his innocence and is looking forward to his day in court," defense attorney Jeff Greco said.

Prosecutors at the federal courthouse said the suspect surrendered Wednesday morning. During his first court appearance, it was revealed 36-year-old Carrion allegedly provided security during drug deals that took place from mid 2013 through this month. We're told the five-year veteran resigned from his job back in February but his attorney wouldn't answer why.

"Like I said, he maintains his innocence and is looking forward to his day in court," Greco said.

Carrion was released on a 50 thousand dollar bond and under the following conditions:

He must wear a GPS monitoring device and abide by a curfew
Must actively seek or maintain a job
Must surrender his passport and can not travel outside of Harris and surrounding counties

It was also revealed that during the investigation, a witness was shot, but prosecutors declined to elaborate, not telling us whether that victim was shot during a drug deal or who that witness was.

Carrion is a five-year veteran of the Houston Police Department and worked in the southwest side Gessner substation.

His trial is scheduled to begin in June. If found guilty, he faces a minimum of 10 years behind bars and up to a $10 million fine.

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