Detention officer caught with drugs, resigns - Tucson News Now

Detention officer caught with drugs, resigns

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Cochise County Detention Officer has resigned today as the Sheriff's Office and FBI investigate his alleged use of illegal drugs.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office received information on Thursday, March 28 regarding an allegation that a current Detention Division employee may be involved with marijuana and cocaine.  Sheriff Dannels and administrative staff immediately began an investigation.

"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," Sheriff Dannels said. "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."

Police discovered approximately 300 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine in Melgoza's residence.

Sheriff Dannels requested assistance in the investigation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Sierra Vista Resident Agency because of the extent of the alleged offense in addition to the fact that Melgoza is a Cochise County employee.

"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," Dannels said. "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 Melgoza can no longer represent this office or serve as a Detention Officer.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."

The FBI and Cochise County Sheriff's Office continue to look into the investigation.

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