It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Now, a deputy who did just that is facing a century in prison.
A former North Florida Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested and charged with planting illegal drugs on unsuspecting motorists on Wednesday.
The strongest evidence in the case is the Deputy’s own body camera footage.
In February 2018 Deputy Zachary Wester pulled over Teresa Odom.
He said her brake lights didn’t work. He then asked if Odom would consent to a search of her vehicle.
The Deputy’s body cam video showed a white substance in his hand as he prepared to search. The drugs ended up in Odom’s purse, before he arrested her despite her cries that the drugs didn’t belong to her.
Months later prosecutors discovered the video. Wester was suspended then fired.
119 cases in Jackson County were dismissed soon after.
If convicted on all counts, the fired Deputy faces more than 100 years in prison.
When he was arrested, the deputy was allegedly found with drug paraphernalia on his person.