Long-time Henderson County Deputy and Drug Enforcement Unit supervisor Ronny Halbert recently joined ranks with the District Attorney’s office.
In a ceremony officiated by Justice of The Peace Milton Adams at the Judicial Complex, Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt praised Halbert for his outstanding work and dedication to his job.
“He is going to be a great asset to the District Attorney’s office,” Nutt said. “ I hate to lose him, but I know he will do well, and continue to contribute to the law enforcement community.”
Halbert began his law enforcement career with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer under Sheriff Slick Alford while he attended the East Texas Police Academy.
Upon graduation from the Academy, Halbert joined the patrol division, and was eventually promoted to patrol sergeant.
Under Sheriff Ray Nutt, Halbert served as the supervisor of the Drug Enforcement Unit and the TAC team.
During his time with the DEU, Halbert investigated hundreds of narcotics cases, many leading in arrest and prosecution.
He is clandestine meth lab certified, and has testified as an expert in the narcotics field in numerous felony jury trials.
The DEU consists of law enforcement officers from several different agencies in the county consolidated under the command of the Sheriff’s Department.
Halbert joins D.A. Investigator Balde Quintanilla who has been with the office since February of 2009.
District Attorney Scott McKee also praised Halbert.
“I have worked with Investigator Halbert both as an Assistant District Attorney and as District Attorney, and cannot think of anyone more qualified for this position,” McKee said. “His knowledge and experience investigating narcotics cases, and familiarity and longevity in the Henderson County law enforcement community is a huge asset.”