published Friday, February 24th, 2012

McMinn County deputy arrested, accused of stealing drugs

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    McMinn County deputy Justin Hester, 28, of Englewood, is accused of taking drugs from vehicles and drivers during traffic stops according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
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A McMinn County deputy has been arrested on a count of official oppression, accused of taking drugs from vehicles and drivers during traffic stops, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

Justin Hester, 28, of Englewood, was charged as the result of a TBI investigation that began in November 2011.

Hester made numerous traffic stops between the summer of 2011 and November 2011 which were not documented with the county’s dispatch, the TBI said in a news release.

The investigation showed that Hester removed prescription drugs such as oxycodone from individuals and vehicles he stopped. He did not arrest or charge the individuals nor did he turn the pills into the sheriff’s office, instead keeping them for himself, the TBI said.

Hester was booked into the McMinn County Jail and has a $5,000 bond.

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