TALLAHASSI. Florida. – Prosecutors have filed a number of new charges against a former Florida lawmaker who is accused of placing drugs on careless drivers during fake stops recorded by his own camera.
Florida’s Wester, a former Jackson county lawmaker whose career was shattered by charges in 2018, was charged with a total of 52 counts last year, including racketeering, misconduct, perjury, and false pretrial detention. The charges stemmed from the arrests of 11 different people in Wester.
Prosecutors last month provided Wester with modified information, accusing him of two dozen additional points relating to the five alleged victims. The charges stemmed from traffic jams between 2017 and 2018, during which drivers or passengers were arrested on drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.
During one of the arrests in the new indictment, Wester sang: “We wish you a Merry Christmas” as he searches for a Chevrolet Tahoe that he drove to Lowe’s parking lot in Marianna, Florida.
The 40-minute stop, which ended with the driver being arrested, took place while Wester’s body camera was working.
“Man, I’m in the spirit of Christmas,” he said as he flipped through the SUV. “I mean, I like to soften if something goes to the jury, you know, so they’re not just sitting somewhere … shocking.”
In another new case, Wester reportedly stopped a woman with two children in the car after one of her brake lights broke. After inspecting the vehicle, Wester claims that several bags containing the suspicious method were found in the front console under his wallet. He denied that it was his. But Wester arrested him for keeping the crime և because the children were present, at the risk of the children.
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Four of the newly identified victims arrested by Wester were acquitted before sentencing. In one case, however, a woman was sentenced to nearly a year in prison in a county jail for failing to claim possession of a controlled substance. A few months later, the judge decided to sentence him and mediate, and the prosecutors dropped the charges.
The Florida Police Department launched a Western investigation in August 2018 after rumors of shadow arrests began circulating in the courthouse. The Acks Exxon County Sheriff’s Office fired him a month after an internal investigation.
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During the internal investigation, his colleagues searched his car and found a lot of open evidence, including 42 pieces of drugs, 10 bags of meth and five bags of marijuana. Investigators say the items were similar to those he planted on the drivers.
After nearly a year of investigation, FELD agents arrested him last July at his home in Crawfordville. He pleaded not guilty and later denied the allegations through lawyers. Tallahassee’s lawyer Ryan Davis declined to comment.
Attorney General Bill Edins for District 1 said the investigation into Wester continued after his arrest, leading to recent charges. He said he did not expect any further charges against Wester or any of his former colleagues.
“Our investigation is over until someone provides us with additional information,” Edins said.
Prosecutors have reviewed nearly 300 Wester cases and eventually dropped charges against about 120 defendants.
“Wester is expected to sue in the summer or fall,” Edins said.
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“I do not do drugs”
After stopping Chris Fears in Marianna on June 3, 2018, Wester broke into a Christmas carol. He and another MP searched his Tahoe, presumably finding a plastic container containing meth, while Fright and his wife were standing next to a patrol car.
“Look there,” Wester said.
“What the hell?” said Vakher, obviously astonished at the discovery.
“I’ll explain it in a minute, just put your hands behind your back,” Wester said as he clasped her.
“I do not use drugs,” said Vakh. “I do not use drugs.”
Using the field set, Wester tested the material, which was considered positive for the meta.
“Man, this is a bull —-” said Vakh. “I have done nothing. I just make my donkey work. ”
Fears were arrested for possession of controlled substance, overnight in jail, tied up the next day. On July 10, then-Attorney General Christina Pamfry, who helped release Wester’s charges, dropped the charges against him.
“Based on the available, competent evidence, the accusation cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt,” he wrote in court.
Panic, who is one of more than two dozen people suing the Western Sheriff’s Office in federal court, says he is unable to hear his case in detail because of the lawsuit. However, he admitted that Wester’s arrest had completely ruined his life.
“When he arrested me, I lost my job. I had to sell quite a lot of everything I had, which was worth something to keep a roof over my head,” said Vakh. “I could not find a job because no one wanted to hire someone with a new method of arrest. My wife and I divorced for a while because it was such a damn stress. ”
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This article originally appeared in Tallahassee Democrat. Former Florida County Exxon County MP Acha Akari Wester Files New Charges