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TYLER (KYTX) -- Former Smith County Sheriff's Deputy Kimbrick Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday in a drug dealing case that involved selling crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine out of his patrol car.

The 38-year-old had previously entered into a plea bargain with the U.S. Attorney's office in which he agreed to plead guilty to count one of a five count indictment. That count alleged that Jones was caught in possession of more than 50 grams of meth and less than 28 grams of crack and that his intent was to sell it.

Jones faces up to forty years in federal prison for his crime. However, the plea bargain stipulates that he receive six years which is in accordance with federal sentencing guidelines based on his lack of a criminal past.

Following Jones' guilty plea the case will move on to a U.S. district judge for sentencing. Probation workers will prepare a pre-sentencing report for that judge to review.

The judge will have the option of imposing a sentence higher than the one in the plea agreement. In that situation, Jones would have the option of withdrawing from the plea agreement.

Assuming the plea agreement stands, Jones has waived his right to any appeals.

Jones has been in custody since July after being arrested in the Sally port of the Smith County jail at the end of his patrol shift. Sheriff Larry SmiTh said that arrest was the end of a two month investigation conducted by his department, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.

Jones continues to be held in the Gregg County jail pending sentencing. He has never been housed in the Smith County jail due to his previous interactions with various inmates his position in the department had required.

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