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Dekalb County magistrate employee accused of distributing drugs

Most government employees in Dekalb County are struggling to make financial ends meet -- just like everyone else. In some cases, these employees are forced to do things on the side to earn some extra cash. They might even break the law by selling drugs. However, just because some individuals are selling drugs in Dekalb doesn't mean that person accused of illegal activity is guilty.

In one recent case, an employee of the Dekalb County Magistrate Court was arrested and accused of selling marijuana. Police arrested the individual along with another man along Interstate 75. Authorities say they found the man with one pound of marijuana and four illegal firearms -- two AR-15 rifles and two handguns. The arrest was carried out late in the evening on a recent Thursday night.

The arrested man who allegedly had marijuana in his vehicle was pulled over by police for the alleged failure to maintain his lane and tailgating. When pulled over, the man identified himself as an investigator from the Magistrate Judges Office in DeKalb County, saying he'd worked there for six years and that he loved his job. However, authorities allege that drug-sniffing dogs soon discovered a pound of marijuana in the trunk of the man's car. Police suspect the man was selling drugs because of the alleged quantity of the narcotic they found in his vehicle.

Although the facts presented in the news about this arrest make it appear as if this man could be guilty, it's vital to remember that the news is only capable of reporting part of the story. Every person in Georgia accused of a crime -- no matter how serious -- will have the opportunity to defend him or herself against the charges in court. Until the court finds him or her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, he or she will remain innocent of any allegations brought against him or her.

Source: Fox 5 Atlanta, "DeKalb County Magistrate Court employee arrested for drug distribution," George Franco, Feb. 20, 2018

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