Former FPD officer arrested

Published 12:04 am Thursday, November 1, 2012

A former Florala police officer was one of two former Flomaton police officials 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.

The Brewton Standard reported Wedn-esday that Jason Chris Neal is charged with an ethics violation, tampering with physical evidence, third-degree burglary and obstructing governmental operations.

Florala Chief Sonny Bedsole said Neal worked as a patrol officer for his department about three years ago but resigned. Bedsole would not comment on the reason for Neal’s resignation.

Neal was indicted in addition to 28-year-old Daniel Thompson, who recently resigned from his position as chief of the Flomaton Police Department. Thompson faces six drug charges, an ethics charge and charges of tampering with evidence.

According to The Standard, the indictment alleges that Thompson and Neal, at some point, entered the department’s evidence locker and destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered controlled substances such as cocaine, methadone and methamphetamine with the intent to impair its use as evidence in pending criminal prosecutions.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation handled the investigation in these cases.

Neal was released on $30,000 bond, while Thompson was being held on a $50,000 bond in the Escambia County Jail.