Indicted sheriff may pay for crime

Children, watch out. Parents and everyone else, take cover; there may be a new dealer on the market.

And this time, it is not one of the well-known pharmaceutical companies.

Say hello to one of the newest, could-be members of the drug game: the police department.

According to an article on, a former sheriff plead not guilty Monday to federal charges that he, along with 12 former and current officers, took part in a scheme to sell drugs seized from criminals.

The indictment, which was returned Oct. 31, said Frank Cassell turned the other cheek when other officers sold drugs seized in criminal investigations and stole guns and other evidence.

Cassell is charged with a racketeering conspiracy.

It is a shame that the police department, an institution that is supposed to be here to help put criminals away, is now part of the problem.

If Cassell says that he is innocent, how can he explain earning more than $90,000 a year as sheriff in the economically distressed Henry County?

Prosecutors said that since 1998, cocaine, steroids, marijuana and other drugs seized by the sheriff’s department were resold to the public, and Cassell was reported to have knowledge of those activities.

When does it end?

If having a meth-using preacher wasn’t enough, we now have to worry about the police taking drugs from criminals and making a profit.

What is the world coming to?

Katrelle Simmons for the Editorial Board.