Atlanta Area Police Officer Arrested For Selling Drugs From His Patrol Car
You sir, are a moron of the highest caliber.
A Newton County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Thursday by federal police on accusations he sold Mary Jane, often from his marked county patrol car.
Darrell Mathis, 40, was charged with distributing Mary Jane and carrying a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, authorities said.
“This is an embarrassment to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, as well as law enforcement in general,” Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown said in a statement Friday.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the case was a reminder that no one is above the law.
“This defendant used his position as a police officer to openly violate the very laws that he was sworn to uphold,” Yates said. “Selling Mary Jane out of his police car while wearing a badge and uniform is outrageous.”
“Outrageous” is one way to put it, we were thinkin’ more like “Effing stupid”, but ok.
According to the federal criminal complaint, the FBI learned in April that Mathis kept large amounts of the illicit drug out in the open at his Lithonia apartment and even bragged that he sold Mary Jane and didn’t worry because he “drives safely and flashes his police credentials to get out of tickets if he is stopped.”
He also admitted to selling between 10 and 15 pounds of Mary Jane a week, according to the federal criminal complaint.
Between May and September, federal authorities said Mathis sold Mary Jane to a confidential source working for the FBI and to an undercover FBI agent.
On August 8, FBI officials said Mathis sold a pound of Mary Jane to an undercover agent, then went with the agent to discuss selling more drugs to another undercover agent whom he believed was a drug dealer, according to the federal criminal complaint.
He took his deputy badge and gun to the meeting, and showed them to the undercover agents, saying, “Don’t worry, I’m on your side,” according to the criminal complaint.
If they find former-Officer Mathis guilty on all counts, he’s facing life in prison, and he definitely deserves it.
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