Former commander of narcotics task force charged with embezzling seized money


[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1370042407&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4079968&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1370042407 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The former commander of the West Alabama Narcotics Task force has been charged by federal prosecutors with stealing at least $125,000 from suspected drug proceeds that were seized.

The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr. on Friday.

Jeffrey Lynn Snyder, a 55-year-old from Carrolton, Alabama, is charged in the embezzlement of money between June 2010 to June 2012.

“Mr. Snyder tarnished the badge he wore and violated the trust of the people of West Alabama,” Schwein said in a statement released by the office of U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance on Friday. “This case demonstrates our commitment to enforce the law and hold individuals accountable, regardless of rank, position, or status.”

Snyder, a 29-year member of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, agreed with the government on a “binding plea agreement” that would include an 18-month prison sentence.

That agreement must be approved by the court.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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