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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Decatur Police have charged one of their own with misconduct.

Officer Timothy Hughes was arrested Friday morning and charged with receiving a controlled substance.  This was a result of an investigation by Decatur's Organized Crime Unit and the Morgan County Drug Task Force.

Timothy Landon Hughes (Photo: Decatur Police Dept.)

Timothy Landon Hughes (Photo: Decatur Police Dept.)

Hughes, 24, was booked in the Morgan County Jail.  He posted a $2,500 bond and was released.

Decatur Police Chief Ed Taylor said Hughes illegally purchased prescription medication, specifically Oxycodone. The department got a tip earlier this week and started an investigation.

Officer Hughes was arrested around 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Garden Suites Inn (former the Holiday Inn) on Wilson Street NE in Decatur.  Officers with the Decatur Police Department's Special Operation Unit used a cooperating witness working under their supervision to sell Hughes the Oxycodone.

He resigned after his arrest.

Hughes had worked for the Decatur Police Department for almost two years.  He was hired in October 2011 and worked night shift patrol.  Chief Taylor said Hughes had no disciplinary marks on his record.

"It's very difficult to discover a member of  our department might be involved in illegal  activity. His lieutenant was shocked and dismayed by the news, but by the same token, it's our sworn duty to uphold the law," said Chief Taylor.

The Decatur Police Department uses a random drug screening policy. Chief Taylor says Hughes was never selected for a random drug test during his two years on the force after being hired.