A deputy with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department was charged in a federal complaint Monday with conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.
On March 13, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration intercepted a courier who arrived at the Nashville International Airport with 7 kilograms of cocaine in his luggage.
Federal agents and Metro Nashville drug detectives conducted an undercover operation to identify the individuals who planned to receive the cocaine.
The affidavit alleges that Luis Parra-Flores, 36, met with another person and attempted to take delivery of the cocaine.
Federal agents placed him under arrest and found that he was carrying a firearm and a badge identifying him as a Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputy.
Parra-Flores joined the sheriff's office as a deputy in January 2008.
"Flores failed the citizens of Rutherford County and the dedicated employees of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and violated their trust," said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold in a news release. "We have a black eye and a bruised jaw. I am ashamed of his actions and I apologize to the citizens of Rutherford County. He has tarnished his badge and ruined the trust the citizens placed in him. His employment was immediately terminated and his badge has been destroyed and will never be worn again."
In 2011, Flores shot a burglary suspect who hit three patrol cars as he was trying to get away. The deputy was later given the department's Life Saving Award for his role in that officer-involved shooting.
Flores also has strong ties to the Murfreesboro community. He has his own martial arts studio, where he's the lead instructor.
Parra-Flores, who has been fired from the sheriff's office, faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine. He remains in federal custody. A detention hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday.
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