Feds Nab Drug Dealing Deputy in Georgia
It’s not unheard of for a police officer to have marijuana in his cruiser, or even to sell a little dope here and there. Customarily, this is done as part of a police operation, not as part of a cop’s moonlighting gig.
Atlanta-area sheriff’s deputy Darrell Mathis took a slightly different approach.
While wearing his full uniform, Mathis would chauffeur pounds of pot to his customers in his Newton County cruiser. It was a good business for Mathis — according to court papers, he would “do my little 10 to 15 a week,” which an undercover FBI agent took to mean he would sell 10 to 15 pounds in that time.
But Mathis’ side gig wouldn’t last. After an unidentified person saw large bags of marijuana in Mathis’ apartment during what court documents call a “social visit,” that person notified Mathis’ fellow officers and became a confidential informant.
With the FBI listening in, the informant arranged to buy a pound of pot from Mathis. A few hours later, Mathis pulled up in his cruiser and made the drop while wearing his crisp khaki uniform.
He was also wearing his service weapon, which could make a big difference for Mathis down the road. His drug possession and distribution charges carry a maximum sentence of five years, but the charge of carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense could land him in prison for life.
Mathis was busted, but the FBI didn’t stop there. They set up several more meetings, using different undercover agents to buy even larger quantities of pot.
Two undercover agents in August met with Mathis to discuss buying a large quantity of cocaine in Alabama and transporting it to North Carolina. During the meeting, Mathis flashed his badge, telling the agents, “Don’t worry, I’m on your side.”
He never got to take his road trip, however. He was arrested a few weeks later — while carrying a pound of pot.
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