EXCLUSIVE: Drug bust puts cop behind bars

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

UNION SPRINGS, AL (WTVM) - An Alabama corrections officer is on the wrong side of the law, arrested after a month long drug investigation. Officials with the undercover operation in Bullock County, Alabama tell us the investigation went off without a hitch, but they had their share of surprises. News Leader Nine was along for the ride when the arrest went down. We have the exclusive details.

An undercover investigation lead police to a trailer in Union Springs where they ended up putting one of their own under arrest.

"Anytime we can get drugs off the street, I don't care. We did a good job," Sheriff Rodgers said happily.

31 year old Terrell Oliver, a Union Springs resident, is behind bars after undercover officers made several crack cocaine buys off him in the past month. The surprising part? Oliver works for the state of Alabama as a Corrections Officer.

Bullock County Sheriff Raymond Rodgers told News Leader Nine, "We had an undercover sting on this neighborhood about drugs being sold and distributed in this area and so we got our drug task force team along with the ABC Board."

When police pulled Oliver over, they believe he swallowed a crack rock he had in his car. We're told he was transported to a local hospital shortly after being taken in to custody.

Oliver's Department of Corrections co-workers assisted in his arrest. Randy Yarbrough said, "If you've been in this business for a long time, not a whole lot surprises you. We are all like one big family and we're all hurt by this. We are a large organization, but we're still like family and it bothers us. We try to find out what causes these problems, fix them and try to prevent them from happening again."

With the help from several agencies, the bust went off without a hitch. Yarbrough explained, "We've got a long-standing relationship with the sheriff in Bullock County. I've known these guys for years. They did a fantastic job, great to work with and they did a good job."

After the investigation is complete, Oliver faces several charges, including: two counts of distribution, one count of possession and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He has since resigned his position as a corrections officer.