Pima County corrections officer accused of sneaking drugs to jail

Pima County corrections officer accused of sneaking drugs to jail
Martin Lopez.

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Pima County Corrections officer has been accused of sneaking drugs into the county jail.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said Martin Lopez, 27, was arrested last week on charges of transportation of narcotics and promoting prison contraband.

The PCSD said Lopez was with the corrections department for 11 months and was still on probation.

According to the interim complaint, Lopez took $150 from an undercover officer and promised to deliver heroin and meth to an inmate.

"The Pima County Sheriff's Department takes an aggressive, zero tolerance stance towards any allegations of criminal activity or misconduct by department members," Sheriff Mark Napier said in a news release. "This investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available."

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

The PCSD also said no high-ranking members of the department has been arrested or implicated in this case.

To dispel several rumors, the PCSD said three corrections officers recently dismissed were let go due to their job performance and not anything to do with Lopez's case.

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