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Corrections officer arrested on drug transportation charges

Posted at 12:23 PM, Mar 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-06 00:13:19-05

A Pima County Corrections officers was arrested in connection with drug transportation charges.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, 27-year-old Martin Lopez was arrested Wednesday for transportation of narcotics and promoting prison contraband.

Lopez's arrest was the result of a week-long investigation based on a tip to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Office of Professional Standards.

"We have a zero tolerance stance to anything like this, and we investigated it very aggressively," PCSD Deputy James Allerton said. "This is an unusual incident for the Sheriff's Department and for the jail."

Lopez had been employed as a corrections officer for about 11 months.

Allerton explained this kind of thing is extremely rare, and says the department doesn't typically have a need to "police" their corrections officers.

"We don't consider our corrections officers as people that we need to police," Allerton said. "This again, was an unusual incident." 

The investigation is ongoing, and Lopez's arrest was not connected to the dismissal of three other officers for probationary failure.

Those with more information should call 911 or 88-CRIME.