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Panama City, FL – Jury trial for former Jackson County deputy accused of planting drugs to begin next month

Panama City, FL –

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – In a month’s time, a Jackson County jury will hear the high-profile Florida state case against Zachary Wester Wester is a former Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of planted drugs on individuals while traffic stops and arrests them on fabricated charges.

In August 2018, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement opened an investigation into Zachary Wester at the request of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation found that Wester routinely arrested citizens for suspected minor traffic violations, planted drugs inside their vehicles and arrested them on drug manufacturing charges. Wester circumvented the sheriff’s office body camera policy and adapted his recordings to cover up his criminal activities. The incidents reported date back to 2016.

He was arrested in July 2019 on charges of racketeering, official misconduct, fabricating evidence, possession of a controlled substance and false imprisonment. He faces 76 charges.

On May 10, a Jackson County jury will hear testimony from both sides and decide Wester’s fate. Wester is represented by Ryan Davis. Court officials said the trial is expected to last three weeks.

Due to the limitations of COVID-19, the public is not allowed into the courtroom and only one broadcast point will be allowed inside at a time. The courtroom broadcast point will rotate weekly.

News 13 will follow the trial closely. You can download our Mypanhandle mobile app to get updated information when the trial starts.

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