MINEOLA - A Hempstead police officer was arrested yesterday for allegedly selling prescription drugs.

The Nassau County District Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Brian Jones, of Mineola, was arrested after he sold opiate-based prescription painkillers on three separate occasions to a confidential informant.

Jones, a 10-year police veteran, pleaded not guilty to selling and possessing drugs. His attorney, Samuel Rieff, says Jones has been on disability after a work-related injury.

Rieff also implied Jones may be addicted to prescription drugs.

Prosecutors say Jones' arrest comes after a long investigation in collaboration with the Hempstead Police Department.

"I am surprised and upset about the irresponsible and illegal actions of this individual who abused his power," says Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne Hall.

Jones has been suspended without pay. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.