Stone County Sheriff’s Department deputy Pablo de la Cruz has resigned and the department has opened an investigation.

de la Cruz was hired as a drug interdiction officer and handler of a K-9 officer obtained by the department.

“I cannot speak on an ongoing investigation and I cannot speak on personnel matters,” Sheriff Mike Farmer said. “What I will say is a deputy was offered the opportunity to resign and took advantage of that opportunity.”

Farmer said more information would be released upon the completion of the investigation.

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