Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Indicted
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 21, 2012|
HOUSTON—Jesus Martinez, a Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HSCO) deputy, has surrendered to federal authorities following the return of a federal indictment alleging he aided in the possession of a controlled substance, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Martinez, 30, is a resident of Humble, Texas.
The sealed indictment, returned September 12, 2012, was unsealed moments ago when he made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith.
The indictment alleges Martinez aided in the delivery of Ecstasy tablets in the Houston area. 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.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment as well as a $1 million fine.
The case was investigated by the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Rangers, HCSO, and the Houston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jim McAlister is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.