The University Police department is reeling in shock from the news that an officer was arrested earlier this week for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine.
Charles Miller, University Police chief, said the department was shocked and disappointed by the actions of one of its officers, Jesse Frank Perry, 30, who was taking into custody on Sept. 29 and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.
“We are disappointed that this person would violate the trust, not just of this institution, but of our profession,” Miller said, adding that the department has never had an incident of this magnitude during his 11 years of service. “We’ve never had an incident like this in the past.”
Perry, who worked at the University for more than three years and was fired after the charges became known, allegedly took the cocaine from two undercover officers in a sting operation after he pulled them over by Highway 45 and East Little York, about 30 minutes northeast of campus.
According to ABC 13, Perry was in uniform and used his pet dog to sniff the cocaine before confiscating it from the officers, who were investigating his actions based on a tip from an informant. He was arrested by Houston police officers after driving to a nearby Walgreens parking lot.
Perry passed an “aggressive” background check as well as drug testing when he was first hired, Miller said. The officer received glowing evaluations during his time at the University, when he was also serving as a full-time music minister and janitor at his church.
“Who would have thought,” Miller said with a shake of his head. “Who would have thought.”
Perry, who is expected to appear in court on Oct. 3, is in Harris County Jail on $52,000 bond. He could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
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