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Officials: deputy facing drug charges dead of gunshot wound

(BrianAJackson /

(BrianAJackson /

FREDERICK — Officials say a Maryland sheriff’s deputy has been found dead just hours after being charged with possession and distribution of marijuana.

Authorities say the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint Saturday regarding possible criminal conduct by a deputy.

An investigation revealed that 29-year-old Deputy Vincent Jones had confiscated marijuana from a traffic stop, then gave some of it to another individual with whom he was attempting to foster a personal relationship. That person contacted authorities.

Jones was arrested early Monday and released on $10,000 bond.

Around midday Monday, two representatives of the sheriff’s office went to Jones residence to serve an official termination notice. While there, they heard a loud noise from upstairs, where Jones was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Frederick City police are investigating.