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Ex-deputy Accused Of Planting Drugs On Florida Drivers Is Arrested
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Ex-deputy Accused Of Planting Drugs On Florida Drivers Is Arrested

(CNN)Florida authorities have arrested a former Jackson County deputy accused of making false arrests after planting drugs on drivers, police said in a statement.

Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Video shows Baltimore cop plant evidence, lawyer says 01:11 It added, "Wester circumvented JCSO's body camera policy and tailored his recordings to conceal his criminal activity." Wester's attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. State Attorney Glenn Hess' office said in September 2018 that 119 cases had been dropped and about 10 people had been released from prison. CNN could not immediately reach Hess on Wednesday, but local media reports indicate the probe has widened since then. Wester was fired September 10. It was not immediately clear how long Wester had been with the department, but the Tallahassee Democrat reported he resigned from the Liberty County Sheriff's Office in May 2016 and later took the job in Jackson County. 'It damned sure ain't mine' Bodycam video from Odom's February 2018 arrest in Cottondale shows Wester approach the car in a friendly manner and explain to the woman that her brake lights are malfunctioning. He leaves with her license, and as he returns to her vehicle he jokes that his hip almost gave out. Odom tells him her mother is in the hospital and she's expecting a call from a doctor. Wester tells her that a drug dog is on its way, but Odom says she has nothing in the car and gives him consent to search it. Wester appears to hold something in his left hand as he dons black gloves before the search. His hand moves out of the frame for a few seconds and returns empty. He finishes putting on the gloves and commences with the search.

CNN's Amir Vera, Marlena Baldacci and Amanda Watts contributed to this report.