Matthew Qualls, 20, was arrested Feb. 22 and charged with six drug-related offences.
( Etowah County Sheriff’s Office )
An Alabama man was arrested on drug charges last week on the basis of an ‘anonymous tip’ days after he openly criticized a local sheriff about the use of prison funds.
Matthew Qualls, 20, was Thursday arrested on multiple drug-related charges after the Rainbow City Police Department and the Etowah County Drug Enforcement unit responded to an anonymous call that the smell of marijuana coming from an apartment where Qualls and a friend were found inside, AL.com reported, citing the police.
Qualls, never been arrested, was featured in a report just four days before his arrest, interrogation Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, the use of the funds intended to feed prison inmates.
The report, published by AL.com it turned out that some Alabama sheriffs kept thousands of dollars of the public funds that were intended to feed inmates because of a law that allowed them to keep any surplus not spent on facilities. Some of the sheriffs’ refusal to show expenditure records has stirred up controversy.
Qualls, who was paid for the mowing Entrekin lawn in 2015, was quoted in the story with the question of why he was receiving checks for his services with cheques paid in via a “Sheriff Todd Entrekin Food Supply Account”, when he knew of persons in prison, who had gone without meals.
“I saw that in the corner of the controls that said, food production, and a few people I knew came by the prison, and they say they got meat maybe once a month and every other day, it was just beans and vegetables,” said Qualls AL.com.
According to an arrest warrant signed by Sheriff Entrekin, authorities found “1,042 grams of cannabis” in the apartment; however, the Rainbow City police report stated that the officials found really only a couple of grams of intact cannabis and a container of cannabis-infused butter.
Rainbow City Police Capt. John Bryant said that his ministry would not count for the entire weight of the butter as a drug, in contrast with the County Drug Enforcement Unit, which does.
Phil Sims, the deputy commander of the Drug Enforcement Unit, said that the marijuana was mixed in with the butter, then the whole butter is marijuana, and that is what we weighed.”
Although Natalie Barton, spokeswoman for the Rainbow City Police Department, says that the Qualls case, “and was imitated by” RCPD, Qualls was also charged by Etowah County.
Tuesday, Qualls was still behind bars in lieu of $ 55,000 bail.
According to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, he is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of marijuana in the second degree, and one count of drug trafficking.