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A former Florida sheriff’s deputy, was on Wednesday arrested after investigators say he had “routinely” planted drugs on unsuspecting drivers during minor traffic stops, leading to the resignation of nearly 120 cases, over a period of two years.
Zachary Wester, 26, was arrested on Wednesday morning, the rates in Crawfordville, Fla., after the authorities say he allegedly pulled the driver over for minor traffic violations, have planted drugs in the vehicle, and ultimately arrested them on fabricated drug charges, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a news release.
The former Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy has been charged with several crimes, including racketeering, official misconduct, fabrication of evidence, possession of a controlled substance, and false imprisonment.
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He is also facing felony charges including perjury, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Zachary Wester, 26, was arrested on Wednesday morning, the rates in Crawfordville, Fla., and it will be charged with several crimes, including racketeering, official misconduct, fabrication of evidence, possession of a controlled substance, and false imprisonment.
(Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office )
“There is no doubt that Western’s crimes were deliberate and that his actions are innocent people in jail,” FDLE Pensacola, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Chris Williams, said in a statement.
Nearly 120 cases between 2016 and 2018, with Western and were eventually removed.
One of the victims, Benjamin Bowling, is said to have lost custody of his daughter due to a drug arrest.
Bowling was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine in October 2017, after the car he was a passenger in was pulled over by Western.
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Florida’s child welfare agency, was recently honored with the Bowling custody of his daughter after he was released from jail on a DUI conviction. One of the conditions of his release from prison should be routinely tested for drugs, according to the arrest warrant. After his arrest, he took another drug test and it was negative. He asked for a body-camera video of it, but have not received it.
He has been since being found not guilty of a crime
Joshua, Emanuel, was charged after being pulled over by Wester, who has allegedly found a syringe with traces of methamphetamine in his car. Emanuel told investigators Wester was grinning, and telling him that he was going to go to jail, and there was nothing he could do about it.
However, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, who stopped, and while the Western look of the car is realized at Last, was a distant relative, whose mother has worked for two prominent local attorneys, and the father was in a federal prison. Western attitudes have changed, and he told Him he would write in his arrest report that the syringe may have belonged to someone else, authorities said.
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A study of Western, was launched in August, and he was subsequently fired at the end of September.
The officials say that they have seen over 1,300 minutes and recorded a video, in the end, is that Western evaded police body camera policy, and it matched his pictures to hide his criminal activities.
He was booked into the Wakulla County Jail where he is being held without bond.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.