From WMGT TV (GA):

A former Newton County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta says Darrell Mathis pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Prosecutors say Mathis, who lives in Lithonia, sold marijuana to a confidential law enforcement source and to an undercover agent on multiple occasions between May and September.

Prosecutors say that on at least two occasions the 41-year-old sold the drug from his marked patrol vehicle while wearing his sheriff’s office uniform and at least once brought a gun to a drug sale.

By the way, and this is not to try to excuse away committing a crime, but while big city cops are generally well paid and have awesome pensions — reflective of the added risks they face — many small town police and county sheriffs are not. I can tell you that here in Vermont and New Hampshire, most rural cops only make $20-28K per year. It’s tough to support a family on that, and I imagine that the lure of crime, from an ‘inside perspective,’ can be difficult to resist. Fortunately, 99% do resist.

It’s tough trying to make sense at 4:30 in the morning. . . .