Ex-Police Officer Arrested For Planting Drug Paraphernalia On Multiple Innocent Citizens

Ex-Police Officer Arrested For Planting Drug Paraphernalia On Multiple Innocent Citizens

Bodycam footage from a February 2018 arrest showed Zachary Wester planting small packets methamphetamine in Teresa Odom's pickup truck during what was supposedly a routine traffic stop.

A former Jackson County deputy has been arrested after he was accused of planting drugs on victims to make several false arrests. Following an investigation, prosecutors have dropped the scores of cases related to the false claims. 



 

 

26-year-old Zachary Wester was arrested at his Crawfordville residence on felony charges which include official misconduct, racketeering, fabricating evidence, possession of a controlled substance, and false imprisonment. Additionally, he is also being charged with official misconduct, fabricating evidence, and misdemeanour charges of perjury. 



 

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Wester was put under investigation after a request was made by his former employer, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.



 

Bodycam footage from a February 2018 arrest showed Wester planting small packets methamphetamine in Teresa Odom's pickup truck during what was supposedly a routine traffic stop. During that incident, the FDLE was investigating over 254 cases that were handled by Wester. 



 

The FDLE released a news statement about the ongoing investigation, saying: "The investigation shows Wester routinely pulled over citizens for alleged minor traffic infractions, planted drugs inside their vehicles and arrested them on fabricated drug charges. Wester circumvented JCSO's body camera policy and tailored his recordings to conceal his criminal activity."



 

Out of the countless people that were arrested by Wester, 11 of them have claimed that the ex-deputy had framed them. Wester would plant a random combination fo prescription pills, marijuana, methamphetamine, or other drug paraphernalia such as scales and syringes. 



 

Because of the investigations being carried out, nearly 120 people have been exonerated for being falsely charged. Meanwhile, there are three federal lawsuits that have been filed against Wester. Several other victims who lost custody of their children have also decided to file a case against Wester for damages caused. 



 

 



 

There is no word yet on what kind of a prison sentence Wester's crimes carry. 

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