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Sentencing Due for Officer Who Stole Drug Money

An ex-narcotics officer that served in Tuscaloosa will find out his sentence in December, but he is expected to plead guilty to theft charges stemming from his time as commander of the West Alabama narcotics Task Force.

Jeff Snyder was arrested earlier this year on charges of embezzling money from the unit – to the tune of $125,000. A judge will have to approve any plea bargain, but the deal is said to include 18 months in prison and felony charges.

Reporting back in May, by the Tuscaloosa News. described the embezzlement scheme this way:

“Task force members seized money suspected to be proceeds of illegal drug transactions and turned the money in to Snyder, who was responsible for depositing the money into bank accounts while condemnation proceedings were pursued through court, according to the plea agreement. Snyder was responsible for taking the seized money, logging it in task force ledger books and depositing it in task force bank accounts. Snyder executed the scheme “by pocketing some or all of the funds seized during various arrests, and then failing to correctly account for those funds,” according to the plea agreement.”

It’s a shame when officers are tempted by the huge sums involved to become criminals themselves. And as the responsibilities become broader, higher-ranking officers have more opportunities, simply because they have more of our trust. In this case, it looks like that trust was misplaced. At 55 years old, Snyder will no doubt have many years left after prison to reflect on the choices he made. Any further activity in law enforcement will be gone, his good reputation ruined.

Generally, temptations like these are limited by having more than one officer involved with any money the police handle. That way, they can keep each other honest and avoid temptation. In this case, because Snyder had access to both the cash and the means of accounting for it, he had an opportunity he shouldn’t have had.


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