Released by the Smith County Sheriff's Department

TYLER, TX – This morning at approximately 5:00 o’clock, Sheriff Larry Smith led members of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and was joined by the FBI, Department of Public Safety Troopers and Texas Rangers in arresting Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Kimbrick Jones for the federal violation of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Kimbrick Jones’ employment with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was terminated immediately and he is now in Federal Custody.

“This investigation began a few months ago, at which time I received information that Kimbrick Jones, a Smith County Patrol Deputy, had sold “crack” cocaine while on duty with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Smith. “Once that information was determined to be credible, at my request and under my direction, an investigation was immediately initiated by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Special Services Division - Narcotics Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Texas Rangers. This administration has zero tolerance when it comes to employees violating the law and violating the trust of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Smith County.”

Sheriff Smith said that Jones is currently being interviewed and the investigation into his past activities is continuing. Jones worked for the Smith County Sheriff’s Office on two separate occasions dating back a number of years in both the jail and patrol divisions.

“I will add that these are only accusations at this time and we have full trust and confidence in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Texas to move this case forward through the criminal justice system,” said Sheriff Smith.

No additional information about this case will be released because of the ongoing investigation.

“Law enforcement officers with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office were put on notice by me on January 1 of this year that they will be held to a higher standard than the general public. This is necessary for anyone who is tasked with enforcing the law and who expects to gain the trust and support of the community we serve.”

“I hope and pray this to be the last of any such incident of this nature by an employee of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office,” Smith said. “If we are faced with similar situations in the future, let it be known that we will not rest, we will not give up and we will not fail to bring to justice any person with similar disregard for the office they have sworn to uphold.”

Smith added, “I have made numerous promises to the citizens of Smith County, all of which I intend to keep. Many of those promises were discussed in a speech to the citizens of Smith County prior to my taking office. In that speech I said that, ‘Uncertain times demand principled, decisive, experienced law enforcement leadership that will fight crime and corruption. My proven leadership, training, experience, and high ethical standards will build a cohesive and dependable law enforcement team whose number one goal will always be to protect life, liberty, and property.’”

“Citizens deserve prompt, courteous response to all calls for assistance; well-prepared officers and investigators who treat each and every crime with the importance it deserves; customer service delivered with a sense of business urgency; a law enforcement team with the right support, the right tools, and the mindset to serve with dignity, honor, and respect for citizens and the rule of law,” said Smith.

“Under my leadership, the sheriff’s office will reflect strong community values, conservative principles, constitutional government, good character, and integrity. I have set high standards and will consistently hold all employees accountable for their conduct and service.”