Prosecutors were forced to drop nearly 120 cases when a former Jackson County deputy was convicted of planting drugs during traffic stops has been sentenced to 12 years, six months and eight days in prison.
Former Jackson County Deputy Zachary Wester was convicted in May on 19 charges, including racketeering, official misconduct, fabricating evidence, perjury, false imprisonment, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jurors found him guilty of planting evidence during three traffic stops and falsifying the accompanying arrest reports. He was found not guilty on charges in nine other traffic stops.
Wester was fired from the Jackson County Sheriff’s office in September 2018 and the sheriff requested an outside investigation. FDLE arrested the deputy in July 2019. Agents say they analyzed more than 1,300 minutes of video from Wester’s body-worn camera to build the case against him.