A deputy is out of a job after investigators accused him of helping deal ecstasy in the Houston area.
Friday, Jesus Martinez, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, surrendered to authorities after he was charged with aiding in the possession of a controlled substance.
In a statement, the US Attorney's Office says:
"On or about July 23, 2012, deputy Martinez allegedly aided others in the possession of 3,4 Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) aka Ectasy, a schedule I controlled substance."
HCSO fired Martinez. He had been with the office since 2007 in the patrol division.
If convicted, Martinez could get 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
HCSO released the following statement:
"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 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. His actions have tainted the good work of our deputies who risk their lives every day to keep Harris County safe."