An officer in Pell City has been arrested and is facing serious charges after being accused of drug possession and distribution. The officer is on administrative leave while the alleged drug crimes are being investigated. It is unclear from this report whether the man has retained criminal defense counsel at this juncture.
What are the reported allegations?
According to the limited information in the report, it appears the St. Clair County Drug Enforcement Unit was engaged in a long-term investigation described as “extensive” into the officer’s alleged activities. The report does not detail the alleged actions of the 44-year-old officer. However, he spent an hour in jail after his arrest on May 27 before being released on a $75,000 bond.
The man stands charged with one count of possessing controlled substances and a further two counts of distributing controlled substances. Distribution is a Class B felony in Alabama, and if the man is found guilty, he could face considerable jail time. A court date for his first appearance has yet to be set in advance of the ongoing internal investigation by the Pell City police force.
Building a criminal defense plan for these charges
Charges for drug crimes are serious in anyone’s case, but the life of a law enforcement officer can be forever changed even if that individual is merely accused of such a crime. This is why, in this case, the officer will be represented in Alabama court by a defense attorney committed to ensuring that does not come to pass. An attorney will carefully review the facts of this case, including all information gathered by law enforcement during the investigation, in order to build a strong and compelling case in the officer’s defense.