DPS officer arrested in Cleburne, faces drug possession charge

12/04/2013 10:52 AM

12/04/2013 10:53 AM

A Texas Department of Public Safety officer was arrested Tuesday after undercover investigators saw him receive methamphetamine, Johnson County sheriff’s officials said.

Jimmy Jay Gillman, 47, was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. in the front yard of his home in the 1700 block of Blackfoot Drive in Cleburne, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Texas Rangers, Burleson police and members of the Stop the Offender Program Special Crimes Unit (STOP) began investigating Gillman after receiving information that he was involved in narcotics-related offenses.

On Tuesday night, agents with STOP and the Texas Rangers were conducting surveillance of the off-duty officer when they observed him take possession of the drugs.

Six grams of methamphetamine were found in his possession, the release states.

In a subsequent search of Gillman’s home, investigators seized additional evidence, including drug evidence and drug paraphernalia, the release states.

Gillman’s girlfriend, who had been inside, was detained but later released.

Gillman was booked into the Johnson County Jail with bail set at $100,000, and remained in custody Wednesday morning. He faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Gillman has been with DPS about 13 years, according to Tom Vinger, a DPS spokesman.

He had been assigned to the DPS’ commercial vehicle enforcement unit and was stationed in Cleburne.

“He has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation,” Vinger said.

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