The 38-year-old man arrested by FBI agents at his West Odessa home Thursday was a former Odessa police officer, and the charges leveled against him relate to a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, according to a federal criminal complaint made public on Friday.
Jackie Lynn Thompson, 2900 N. Torrance Ave., was a member of the Odessa Police Department from April 7, 2003, to July 15, 2007, when he voluntarily resigned as a patrol officer, said Andrea Goodson, a spokesperson for the department.
At about 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning, troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety pulled Thompson over as he was driving a black Ford F-350 because he reportedly rolled through a stop sign at 42nd Street and Guernsey Road, the complaint affidavit states. DPS troopers reported arresting him after they found Thompson with a handgun and a small amount of what troopers believed to be meth.
At the DPS office in Odessa, agents told Thompson they had a search warrant for his home. The affidavit states he admitted he distributed about five pounds of meth with a group of other people since October 2012. The affidavit does not name any co-conspirators.
Inside Thompson’s home, agents reported finding 27 guns, a small amount of meth and steroids. The OPD’s SWAT team assisted with the search. Authorities with the DEA and Homeland security also assisted.
Goodson said late Friday afternoon she had not viewed Thompson’s personnel file and did not have information about his conduct during his tenure as an officer.
On Thursday, before the federal complaint was released, Sheriff Mark Donaldson said he knew of no Jackie Thompson in his employ, saying at most he might be a reservist. Donaldson said he knew of the Jackie Thompson that was in the OPD.