Zachary Wester | Florida Man July 12

Zachary Wester Pulls Dick Move, Plants Drugs On A Number Of People He Pulled Over; His Body Cam Capture It All | July 12

Jackson County: Florida authorities have arrested a former Jackson County deputy accused of making false arrests after planting drugs on drivers, police said in a statement. The former deputy has been identified as Zachary Wester.

Wester’s former employer, the FDLE began investigating the deputy in August after bodycam video from a February 2018 arrest appeared to show Wester planting methamphetamine in Teresa Odom’s pickup truck during a traffic stop.

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.

In one video Wester appears to hold something in his left hand as he dons black gloves before the search. His hand moves out of the frame for a few seconds and returns empty. He finishes putting on the gloves and commences with the search.

After “finding” a bag of white powder in her truck, he places it on the driver seat but doesn’t alert two other deputies on the scene. When the powder tests positive for methamphetamine, Wester tells the victim that she’s under arrest as she speaks on the phone with a relative.

Three federal lawsuits have been filed against Wester. Eleven people arrested by him claim the ex-deputy framed them, planting some combination of marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription pills or drug paraphernalia, including syringes and scales, in their vehicles after pulling them over for minor infractions.

Zachary Wester stands charged with felony counts of racketeering, official misconduct, fabricating evidence, possession of a controlled substance and false imprisonment. He also faces misdemeanor charges of perjury, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

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