Resident complains about chief, drug dogs

Published 1:00 am Thursday, March 5, 2015

A River Falls resident who was arrested last month for drugs voiced his disdain for the arrest at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

River Falls Chief Greg Jackson and Coco are shown.

River Falls Chief Greg Jackson and Coco are shown.

Benjamin Moody, 53, was arrested by River Falls Police Chief Greg Jackson during a traffic stop in which he used his new K9, Coco.

Moody was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and was booked into the Covington County Jail on a $13,000 bond.

Mattie Freeney, president pro tem of the council, said Moody addressed the council, but didn’t deny any of his charges.

“Until I see a formal complaint against Greg, I won’t know what he’s complaining about exactly,” she said.

Freeney and Jackson said that Moody told them he doesn’t believe Coco alerted to the drugs, that Jackson simply smelled them.

Jackson told the Star-News Wednesday that if Moody files a complaint, he plans to ask the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident.

Freeney said that Moody was advised that anything he said in the open meeting could be used against him in court.