Missouri's unfortunate status as one of the leading states for the production of methamphetamine is no secret. What is less well known, though, is the trouble law enforcement can create for themselves by violating the very laws they are sworn to protect.
The New York Times features a story today about former Carter County, Missouri Sheriff Tommy Adams (R) and the circumstances around his resignation after he was discovered using and distributing methamphetamine:
Growing up in the rugged foothills of the Ozarks, Tommy Adams always dreamed of carrying a badge. He realized his wish through grim happenstance: the incumbent sheriff, dogged by rumors of corruption, killed himself weeks before votes were cast, and Mr. Adams slipped past him by a single vote.
For two troubled years, Mr. Adams was sheriff of Carter County, until his arrest last month on charges of distributing methamphetamine, the home-brewed drug that has poisoned much of this poor, sparsely populated stretch of timber country. Mr. Adams was accused of regularly snorting it as well. ...
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