Sheriff Daniel Bueno confirmed Friday that narcotic investigator Lt. Ernie Rivera resigned from the department amidst his wife's allegations of wrongdoing made to Alice police.

Rivera, an eight-year veteran of the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department, was placed on administrative leave without pay on March 7. He was to remain on leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation and an investigation by the Alice Police Department.

The Alice Police Department turned the case over to the Texas Rangers for further investigation into the deputy's actions.

Because the investigation into the deputy's wife's allegations about narcotic use and the confiscation of narcotics from cases he handled is ongoing, neither Texas Ranger Tony Rocho nor Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley could comment on the case.

The allegations stem from an argument between Rivera and his wife at their home in the 1300 block of Acadia Street on the night of March 6. Alice police were called to the home because of the argument. The deputy’s wife said the couple was having “marital issues” and that he had broken her phone and pushed her when she tried to keep him from leaving the residence.

While talking to police, Rivera’s wife alleged that her husband uses drugs and led officers to a closet in the home where they found an evidence bag that contained narcotics such as marijuana and cocaine, police said.

According to an Alice police report, Rivera's wife said her husband "would confiscate narcotics and bring the narcotics home for personal use" and that "she knows that he uses the narcotics because she has personally smoked marijuana with him."

Rivera took a drug test on the morning of March 7. According to Bueno, the results of Rivera's 15-panel drug test have not returned from a lab in Corpus Christi.

Rivera's assault case has been scheduled for a hearing at the Alice Municipal Court's Tuesday docket, according to municipal court officials.

As of Friday afternoon, Rivera had not been arrested nor has he been charged with any criminal activity.