A Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been charged with drug possession after La Marque police conducting a traffic stop reported finding crack cocaine in her car.

A La Marque police officer pulled over a car on FM 1765 for a traffic violation about 11:53 p.m. Thursday, police said.

The driver, a woman, of the car allowed the officer to search the vehicle, according to a probable cause affidavit.

As the officer was questioning the woman, she turned away in what the officer took to be an attempt to conceal her right pocket, according to the affidavit.

Police said she later attempted to drag something on the ground with her foot, according to the affidavit.

When a second officer arrived, he found a white rocklike object on the ground near the woman’s feet, according to the affidavit.

Using a field test, the object was confirmed to be cocaine, according to the affidavit.

The woman later admitted to picking up the cocaine from nearby, and told police that she was bringing it to another person, according to the affidavit.

Joyce Jackson, 62, of Galveston, was charged with possession of less than a gram of a controlled substance.

Jackson was a deputy at the Galveston County Jail, Sheriff Henry Trochesset confirmed Monday. She resigned Monday, Trochesset said.

“It is disappointing,” Trochesset said. “It’s sad when your employee puts a black eye on the agency.”

Jackson was hired in January. Trochesset said that his department regularly conducts random drug tests of employees.

Jackson was held on $2,000 bond. She was released from the jail Friday.

This is not the first time a Galveston County Sheriff’s Office employee has been charged with a crime in recent years.

In August, Deputy Fred Boas was charged with assault causing bodily injury — family violence, after allegedly pushing a woman during a fight in an apartment in Galveston.

In 2015, Ruben Noel Ornelas, a jail deputy, was charged with having sex with an inmate. That charge was dismissed, but Ornelas was later arrested and charged with indecency with a child and online solicitation of a minor. He is set to go on trial for that charge next month, according to court records.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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