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Sheriff's Deputy Arrested for Selling Weed

With some of the strongest laws against marijuana in the country, Georgia is often cited by marijuana advocates as a place where legalization is probably never going to happen. A story out last week shows that if the accusation is true, we aren’t hypocrites about it. When it comes to weed, even our law enforcement officers can get busted.

According to The New York Daily News reporting, Deputy Darrell Mathis had “large quantities of marijuana” in his apartment. That’s what an informant told the FBI. So a deal was arranged to buy some from the Deputy. Undercover agents then bought marijuana from Mathis – while he was armed, in uniform, and from his squad car.

The article goes on to say: “Mathis allegedly admitted to selling between 10 to 15 pounds of pot per week and would keep large quantities of cannabis out in the open in his apartment, according to a federal criminal complaint.”

"This is an embarrassment to the Newton County Sheriff's Office, as well as law enforcement in general," said Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown.

The FBI agents also got Mathis to agree to transport marijuana and cocaine for them, as well as a previously buying a pound of weed from the deputy. In Georgia, if convicted of these allegations, Deputy Mathis could face five years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine. Since he had his service weapon during at least one alleged sale, the sentence could be up to life – the consequences of having a firearm during the commission of a felony. At the time of his arrest, he worked for Newton County.

According to the FBI, these instances where a law enforcement officer is accused of selling drugs are rare. Let’s hope so.

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