|Updated: 6/04/2012 11:27 am
||Published: 6/04/2012 11:18 am
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Little Rock police officer facing federal conspiracy charges for allegedly protecting drug shipments has been fired the department said Monday.
Lt. Terry Hastings says the department terminated the employment of officer Mark Jones, 45, on Friday, following his arrest on May 24.
Officer Randall Robinson submitted his resignation letter on May 30.
Jones and Robinson are due in federal court later today for a detention hearing to determine whether or not they will be allowed out of custody pending their trial.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Jones and Robinson provided security for over 1000 pounds of marijuana shipments through Little Rock.
According to court filings the officers worked with an informant and an undercover FBI agent posing as a drug dealer.