By Jen Kastner
ODESSA- On Friday, a former Ector County law enforcement officer walked into the federal courthouse in Midland, handcuffed. On Thursday, Jackie Thompson was arrested by federal agents. The FBI, in cooperation with the DEA, HSI and state and local law enforcement detained Thompson in West Odessa.
According to a criminal complaint released on Friday afternoon, Thompson is charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine. The complaint reports that on Thursday, he was taken into custody after he was pulled over for not making a complete stop at a stop sign and methamphetamine and a handgun were found on him.
Thompson was then reportedly told by agents they had a search warrant for his residence. He agreed to give them access to it. There, they found 27 firearms, steroids and a small amount of methamphetamine.
Thompson also admitted to selling about five pounds of methamphetamine since last fall with other co-conspirators.
On Friday afternoon, NewsWest 9 visited his family's West Odessa business, Thompson Laydown Machines. Employees at the site confirmed that Thompson had been working there. After that, we were asked to leave the property.
Thompson faces a minimum sentence of 10 years to life behind bars. He is scheduled for bond and probable cause hearings next Wednesday.