Luis Reynaldo Parra Flores, 35, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a deputy with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, was charged in a federal complaint in Nashville Monday (3/18/13), with conspiring to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, announced Jerry E. Martin, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, on March 13, 2013, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intercepted a courier who arrived at the Nashville International Airport with seven kilograms of cocaine in his luggage. Federal agents and Metro Nashville drug detectives conducted an undercover operation to identify the individuals who planned to receive the cocaine. The affidavit alleges that Flores met with the cooperator and attempted to take delivery of the cocaine. After he did so, federal agents placed him under arrest and found that he was carrying a firearm and a badge identifying him as a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy.
“The actions of a few corrupt law enforcement officers harms the reputation of the many dedicated men and women who wear the badge with honor,” said U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin. “We will always pursue those few who choose to dishonor their badge and will bring them to justice.”
“Flores failed the citizens of Rutherford County and the dedicated employees of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and violated their trust,” said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold. “We have a black eye and a bruised jaw. I am ashamed of his actions and I apologize to the citizens of Rutherford County. He has tarnished his badge and ruined the trust the citizens placed in him. His employment was immediately terminated and his badge has been destroyed and will never be worn again.”
If convicted, Flores faces a sentence of ten years to life in prison and a $10 million fine. The case was investigated by the DEA, the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Alex Little is representing the government.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Flores was being held at the Davidson County Sheriff's Department. However, it now looks as if Flores has been transported to a different agency that has not yet been released. We will continue to follow this story.
Sheriff Arnold Apologized for "Dirty Cop"
So that you will know what happened in the press conference that was held at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office at 11:00 o'clock Tuesday morning, March 19, 2013, here is a recording of that entire event.
In 2011 Flores was involved in a shooting incident. The details of that case are listed in detail below. This was released by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday:
2011: A burglary suspect was shot after the driver of the truck he rode in struck three sheriff’s vehicles during a pursuit Friday, Sheriff Robert F. Arnold said.
Suspect Billy Jo Ervin, 36, of 5001 Old Nashville Highway , was treated at Middle Tennessee Medical Center and transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville .
Deputies were following up on a Murfreesboro burglary on Old Nashville Highway outside the city limits and tried to stop the truck driven by Ervin’s roommate Marjorie Myles, 27, but she refused. Deputies pursued her and Ervin, who was a passenger, from Old Nashville Highway onto Northwest Broad Street and Thompson Lane
“She struck Deputy Luis Parra-Flores’s car head-on, then backed up, striking Deputy Michael Moody’s car,” Arnold said. “The suspect was fleeing the scene then Capt. David Hailey struck the Dodge pickup truck head-on, stopping the pursuit.”
Deputy Luis Parra-Flores fired two rounds at the truck, striking Ervin about 9:45 a.m. outside a Thompson Lane bank, Arnold said.
Charges are pending against Ervin.
Sgt. Todd Hammond obtained warrants charging Myles with three counts of aggravated assault of Hailey, Moody and Parra-Flores, felony evading, felony reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.
Arnold asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate the officer-involved shooting. Parra-Flores was placed on routine administrative leave with pay.
The sheriff asked Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers to investigate the crash based on the sheriff office’s standard operating procedures.
Myles was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center . She was previously arrested in 2009 for violation of probation.
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold