JCSO Deputy accused of planting drugs during traffic stops
More than 260 cases are being reviewed after a former Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy allegedly planted drugs on people during traffic stops.
State Attorney Glenn Hess held a press conference Thursday regarding a deputy who allegedly planted drugs on people when pulling them over.
According to Hess, more than 260 cases are being reviewed after former Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Zack Wester allegedly planted drugs on people while conducting traffic stops.
Of these 260 cases, so far ten of them are being corrected, meaning charges are being dropped for ten people who were sentenced due to his involvement.
State officials say evidence in body cam video has led them to the reviews.
“Basically the video had to do with the motor vehicle stop and the search of the vehicle after the stop and the things I saw in the video causes me some concern about his professionalism and as a result of that I’ve made the decision not to accept any cases in which he participated unacceptable,” Hess said.
This investigation is going back about two and half years, as long as Wester has been employed with the sheriff's office and it still remains open.
Wester has been fired but no charges have been filed at this time.