A Smith County Sheriff's Deputy is facing charges he sold narcotics while armed, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.
Kimbrick Bernard Jones, 38, of Tyler, was arrested Wednesday.
"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," said U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. "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 of the charges, 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 FBI, the Texas Rangers and the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jim Middleton and Richard Moore.