A former detention officer of the Converse County Sheriff's Office denied a felony drug delivery charge brought against him Friday morning in Natrona County District Court.

Michael Joe Martinez, 38, pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He could face up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

Court documents say on the evening of March 16, Casper detectives learned from an unnamed source that Martinez would be delivering five-milligram oxycodone pills to the source at an address on Wilkins Circle.

Detectives waited for Martinez to show up at the address and, when he arrived, they arrested him. At the time of his arrest, Martinez was allegedly carrying a prescription pill bottle containing 10 oxycodone pills.

Martinez remains free on $2,500 surety bond. His defense attorney said in court Friday that Martinez is no longer employed with the Converse County Sheriff's Office.

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