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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 08:17 PM

FORMER FLORIDA SHERIFF DEPUTY CAUGHT PLANTING DRUGS ON AT LEAST 10 INNOCENT PEOPLE

Source: Newsweek

BY CHRISTINA ZHAO ON 7/11/19 AT 8:03 PM EDT

A former sheriff's deputy was arrested in Florida this week after a yearlong investigation determined he had planted drugs on at least 10 innocent people after pulling them over at traffic stops.

Until last fall, Zachary Wester, 26, had been employed as a deputy in Jackson County on Florida's panhandle, about an hour west of Tallahassee. He was apprehended Wednesday in Crawfordville, Florida, on 52 counts of felony charges including racketeering, official misconduct, fabricating evidence, possession of a controlled substance and false imprisonment, according to the state's Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

He was also charged with misdemeanor perjury, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wester's arrest came after the FDLE conducted an investigation, starting last August, into allegations he had covertly planted methamphetamine and other illicit substances in innocent drivers' vehicles after pulling them over to conduct a search. Wester, who joined the department in 2016, was reportedly terminated from his job in September.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/former-florida-sheriff-deputy-caught-planting-drugs-least-10-innocent-people-1448860?piano_t=1







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Reply FORMER FLORIDA SHERIFF DEPUTY CAUGHT PLANTING DRUGS ON AT LEAST 10 INNOCENT PEOPLE (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jul 11 OP
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 08:30 PM

1. 119 dismissed cases ! He had dope bags in the trunk of his car waiting to use on people!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 08:53 PM

2. I wonder how many women he raped using this trick

There are a few good cops but most are low-life criminals.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:07 PM

4. figures...typical friggin cop

almost all of them are like that!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:06 PM

5. K&R

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:29 PM

6. If only he represented the exception

He doesn't

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:29 PM

7. And cops wonder WHY people are losing respect every day for them.

I feel bad for all the decent cops out there - and there ARE decent cops out there - but people, you have GOT to start policing your own. Forget that Blue Line shit.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:37 PM

8. He couldn't do that if drugs were decriminalized.

 

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Response to Applegate (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:23 AM

9. good point! Welcome to DU. eom

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:30 AM

10. Any conviction of breaking the law under the color of law

should triple the penalty.

Police need to be held to a higher standard than any one else.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 09:06 AM

12. +1000 nt

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:23 PM

16. It really should work like that.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:33 AM

11. Sickening. Hope he gets a long time in the slammer to think it over.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:38 PM

13. He got arrested?

and fired! No paid leave? He should have killed someone, he'd be better off. Must have planted the dope on the wrong people.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:00 PM

14. Oh, goodie! Another candidate for the tRump administration when a new spot opens up! Something in

drug enforcement obviously.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:22 PM

15. What compels someone to do this?

I am curious how/if he tried to justify his actions.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:24 PM

18. I Think She Is A TRUE HERO

The south is rotten with cheating, lying, stealing law enforcement people. One rotten apple in the barrel makes the whole barrel ROTTEN. I think it is true that those in government would try to damage her job, promotes, pay raise, because they like criminal cops. I pray she is given millions because of the damage done to her outstanding service to the public by corrupt government employees.......CHEERS

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 08:15 PM

19. He should be arrested

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