Top Alabama drug cop charged with stealing drug money

May 31, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The former commander of the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force has been charged with stealing about $125,000 in drug proceeds that were seized by the agency. U.S. Attorney's officials say 55-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Snyder, of Carrollton, has agreed to plead guilty to stealing from the task force between June 2010 and June 2012, when he left the organization. The task force is staffed with police from Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, the Northport Police Department and the University of Alabama. Authorities say Snyder was a 29-year veteran of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, and began serving as commander of the task force in June of 2002. Snyder's plea agreement calls for an 18-month prison sentence, which must be approved by a federal court.