High-ranking Smith County constable deputies arrested on multiple charges


LaQuenda Banks and Derrick Holman were arrested by the Texas Rangers on Wednesday on charges of official oppression, abuse of official capacity and theft. (Photos: Smith County Jail)

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Two high-ranking deputies in the Smith County Pct. 1 Constable’s Office have been arrested on numerous charges by the Texas Rangers.

42-year-old LaQuenda Banks and 44-year-old Derrick Holman were booked on charges that included abuse of official capacity, official oppression and theft.

Banks is listed on the Smith County Pct. 1 Constable page as the Chief Deputy while Holman is the Sergeant. Both were still on the website as of 9:20 a.m. Thursday morning.

Both posted $30,000 bonds and have been released from the Smith County Jail. Their first court date has not been set.

This is not the first time this year that a Smith County constable’s office has been in legal trouble.

In September, former Pct. 2 Constable Joshua Black was convicted of official oppression for offering illegal sexual favors instead of monetary payment for a supervised visit business he was running.

A jury convicted Black after two hours of deliberation and sentenced him to six months in prison.

Also in September, 28-year-old Luis Sandoval, a former Smith County deputy, was arrested after being accused of using his unique login information to access a secure database to assist a drug trafficking operation from Mexico.

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