Oxford, Tennessee – A sheriff’s deputy has been charged with drug trafficking in Oxford County.
The sheriff’s office says the deputy, identified as Daniel G. Loynes, 33, was arrested on Friday.
Loya is accused of possessing and distributing marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.
The arrest came a day after a report of a possible drug ring in Oxford.
“This was an unfortunate situation,” Oxford County District Attorney David Ehrlich told the Associated Press.
“The deputy was placed on administrative leave and has been assigned to a drug task force.
This is an unfortunate circumstance that has to be handled as a priority and will be thoroughly investigated.” “
This deputy’s arrest is not indicative of the department’s drug-free policy.
This is an unfortunate circumstance that has to be handled as a priority and will be thoroughly investigated.”
Loya is a certified SWAT team member and has worked with the county sheriff’s department since February, the sheriff’s spokesperson said.
He was assigned to the department for at least the past three years, the spokesperson said, adding that his first arrest was for a felony warrant on a traffic violation in November 2016.
Police said they received a call about a suspected drug-related crime on Tuesday.
When the officers arrived, they found a car with an illegal drug paraphernalia inside, according to a statement from the sheriff.
The driver was arrested and later charged with possession of narcotics, a felony.
The sheriff’s statement said the deputy had worked for the county since August and was a member of the SWAT team, which has been called in to help local police with drug-based investigations.