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Florida prosecutors dropping charges linked to former deputy

September 20, 2018

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors are dropping charges in cases initiated by a former sheriff’s deputy who is under investigation for allegedly planting drugs on people during traffic stops.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported Thursday that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched an investigation at the request of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Jackson County northwest of Tallahassee. The investigation remains open and no charges have been filed.

The newspaper stated FDLE records showed Deputy Zachary Wester was fired earlier this month for violating agency policy.

State Attorney Glenn Hess has sent letters to lawyers with clients in 15 cases involving Wester. On Tuesday, prosecutors asked a judge to vacate the sentence of one woman charged with drug possession.

The newspaper said it was unable to reach Wester or his attorney for comment.

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Information from: Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, http://www.tdo.com

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