Decatur officer arrested on drug charges

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Decatur Police arrested an officer Friday on drug charges.

In a news conference Friday afternoon, Decatur Police said Officer Timothy Hughes, 24 of Hartselle, was arrested for illegally purchasing prescription medicine. Hughes resigned from the force following his arrest. He had been on the force a month shy of two years.

Chief Ed Taylor said authorities got word that Hughes had been buying prescription pills illegally. Friday morning, they joined with the Morgan County Drug Task Force, and caught Hughes in the act.

Chief Taylor said they nabbed Hughes when he tried to buy three oxycontin capsules in the parking lot of the Garden Plaza Hotel around 9 a.m. on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wilson Street.

"It absolutely breaks my heart because they have such a big responsibility to themselves and especially the public with the position that they hold and it just goes to show that it can happen to anyone," said Decatur resident Jane Peterson.  She's lived in Decatur since 1985.

Authorities arrested Hughes and booked him at the Decatur City Jail, then took him to Morgan County Jail. Hughes is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

"As part of our review with this situation, we will try to determine what cases he might have been involved in, and the proper adjudication of those cases will depend on his involvement, and we will consult with our prosecutors," said Taylor.

"It's heartbreaking to arrest one of your own," Taylor continued. "It's very difficult to discover a member of the police department is violating the law in this manner. It's difficult for us to do this, but by the same token, we aggressively enforce the law."

Hughes posted the $2,500 bond and was released. He was not on duty at the time of his arrest.

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