Florida Cop Zach Wester Planted Drugs And Arrested Dozens, Some Of Whom Remain Behind Bars

Tyler MacDonald

The viral video channel In the NOW is circulating disturbing body camera footage of a Floria police officer planting drugs in a woman's car and arresting her. Sheriff's Deputy Zach Wester allegedly did the same to over 100 others, which led to at least 10 arrests, but the story is far from over.

The Appeal reports that Wester was fired from his job and a criminal investigation into his behavior is currently open at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. But no charges have been filed, and some of his victims are reportedly being subpoenaed for interviews in connection with the investigation.

Tallahassee attorney Marie Mattox, who is representing victims in cases against Wester, told Tallahassee Democrat she was working with 30 back in May and assured there would be more in the future.

"The level of devastation in the lives of these folks is horrific. They've lost everything."

"This is an exaggeration, but it felt like his name was on half the cases. It was seriously disproportionate," said Christina Pumphrey, who was an assistant state attorney at the 14th Judicial Circuit in May 2018.

"It wasn't, 'OK, crap, I'm busted.' It was, 'What do you mean?'"

"I know these people are sitting in jail. I know that the particular charges they're in jail on they're either innocent of, based on the information I see, or there's no way I could take this in front of a jury," she said, adding that she was instead told to let the victims remain imprisoned.

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