Former police chief chargedPublished 5:00am Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Two former Flomaton police officials have been arrested and charged in an eight-count indictment that alleges they not only possessed illegal drugs but that they also stole some from the police department’s evidence locker.
Daniel Thompson, 28, of Brewton was arrested Monday on multiple drug and ethics charges after a grand jury determined enough evidence was present to issue a writ for his arrest.
Flomaton Police Officer Jason Chris Neal is also facing multiple charges and surrendered to the Escambia County Detention Center Tuesday morning.
Thompson, who recently resigned from his position with the Flomaton Police Department, faces six drug charges, an ethics charge and charges of tampering with evidence.
The indictment charges Thompson with unlawful possession of a controlled substance – methadone; unlawful possession of a controlled substance – cocaine; and unlawful possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamines.
A fourth count in the indictment charged Thompson with obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over of a controlled substance – cocaine which was property of the Flomaton Police Department. The charges were also levied on counts five and six in reference to the same unauthorized control over methadone and methamphetamines.
The indictment also charged Thompson with using his job for personal gain by gaining entry into the Flomaton Police Department evidence locker where re removed and ingested miscellaneous controlled substance. Also, as part of the indictment he has been charged with destroying, mutilating, concealing, removing or altering physical evidence with intent to impair its use (cocaine, methadone or methamphetamines) to be used as evidence in pending criminal prosecutions.
Thompson was taken into custody Monday and transported to the Escambia County Detention Center on the charges detailed in the indictment. Specifically he was charged with ethics violation; tampering with physical evidence; three counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of second-degree theft of property.
Neal has been charged with ethics violation, tampering with physical evidence, third-degree burglary and obstructing governmental operations.
A sheriff’s department press release states that the charges are “no relation to the Escambia Sheriff’s Office.”
Neal was booked into the Escambia County Detention Center on the charges. He was released on $30,000 bond. Thompson was being held on $50,000 bond as of press time.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation in these cases.