So, this poor common Joe gets arrested with 9 pounds of pot and it is the top story on ABC 33/40.
Drug Trafficking Arrest
On June 23, 2008 the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division concluded a 2 month investigation with the arrest of 59 year old John Dale Stevens.
Stevens was stopped in his vehicle in the Centerpoint area and found to be in possession of approximately 2 pounds of marijuana and $900 in U.S. currency.
Subsequent searches of his residence lead to the recovery of over 7 pounds of marijuana, a 357 Revolver, 380 Auto and a Pistol Grip 12 Gauge Shotgun. A digital and manual scale, packaging material and other evidence was also seized. (See photo below)
Total Street Value of the marijuana is $40,000.
This 2 month investigation revealed that Stevens has been transporting marijuana from Atlanta and in turn distributing in Jefferson County.
Stevens remains in jail on the following charges and bond.
Charges: Trafficking in Cannabis - $500,000 Bond
Possession of Marijuana 1 - $5,000 Bond
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - $500 Bond
Yet I've contacted ABC 33/40 on three different occasions trying to get them to cover the John Alexander Rochester case to no avail.
Judge John Rochester's son was arrested on much more serious charges. Trafficking cocaine, first degree possession of marijuana, meth, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia in Clay County AL.
I've put this story out to all the media in the coverage area of Clay County but none of them seem to think it is important enough to investigate. They didn't even report the arrest of John Alexander Rochester when it happened....yet let some common Joe be arrested for trafficking and the media is all over it like sharks on chum.....like in this story.
Why is that? Why is a common weed seller more major news than a Circuit Court Judge's son getting arrested on much more serious charges and seemingly getting special treatment not newsworthy at all?