Arizona (The Gaslamp Post) – A Detention Officer with Cochise County was arrested and taken into custody this past Thursday evening after an FBI investigation turned up illegal drugs at his home. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about 31-year-old detention officer Mark Melgoza’s possible involvement with narcotics.
The sheriff’s office then reportedly approached the FBI with the tip and they assumed the investigation. During the investigation, authorities executing a search of Melgoza’s home found 300 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine.
Melgoza was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, according to FBI Special Agent Manuel Johnson. According to Johnson, the investigation is still ongoing.
Officer Melgoza reportedly resigned from the sheriff’s department the day following his arrest.
In a statement released by Cochise County Sheriff Dannels:
We, as an organization, cannot and will not tolerate a violation of the law by members of this office or the public that we serve. Being a role model for our children and our communities is so important, and once we lose the public trust it becomes much more difficult to reclaim. The circumstances in this case suggest that Mr. Melgoza is incapable of maintaining that public trust and has compromised the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics which required him to keep his private life unsullied, to maintain his honor and integrity, and to never engage in acts of corruption. It is obvious that Mr. Melgoza can no longer represent this office or serve as a Detention Officer. Mr. Melgoza has resigned as of today from the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.