Former deputy accused of planting fake evidence bonds out of jail

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JACKSON, Ala. (WDHN) — A former Jackson County accused of planting false evidence on citizens has bonded out of jail.

According to officials, Zachary Wester was said to be planting drugs in cars and fabricated charges that may have landed innocent people in jail.

The investigation began in August 2018, resulting in him being fired the following September. Wester was with the department since 2016.

The FDLE reportedly spent over 1,400 hours on this case.

During a Wednesday press conference, it was said Wester was being held in Wakulla County Jail.

“No agencies want to go through this type of situation and face embarrassment from the public,” Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts said. “I want to thank these agencies for the work they have performed during this investigation.”

If Wester is convicted of all 52 charges, he could spend 13 and a half years behind bars.

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