He was already charged by the city police department, but the sheriff’s office added a paraphernalia charge, another possession charged and a trafficking charge.
He was charged with trafficking as he had “2.3 pounds” which is 0.1 ounce more than what is needed for trafficking charges. The amount of pot he had only reached 2.3 (~1000 grams) pounds because they weighed the butter, even though the amount of weed used in the butter was only 14 grams (half an ounce).
According to the city police captain:
"…the Rainbow City Police Department does not consider the entire weight of something like marijuana butter a drug for purposes of calculating whether a suspect should be charged with trafficking.
“Our guys just charged him with possession,” Bryant said Monday. “You wouldn’t add the butter with that. It should be just the amount of marijuana … You can’t add the butter, it would just be the marijuana alone.”
Trafficking can warrant a life sentence in Alabama.
And this all happened ONLY AFTER Qualls, the guy charged, made comments that were used in a story criticizing the sheriff.
Qualls had worked for a landscaping company that landscaped the sheriff’s properties, and Qualls commented that he was paid via check from the “Sheriff Todd Entrekin Food Provision Account.” This basically outed the sheriff’s racket of spending as little $$ as possible to feed inmates, then pocketing the rest (which is legal in Alabama-about 50 sheriffs pad their own bank accounts doing this).