25-Year Police Veteran Caught with Coke, Weed during Traffic Stop

After conducting a routine traffic stop in Birmingham, Alabama on Monday, police found the vehicle’s two occupants had with them 27 grams of cocaine, five grams of marijuana, and two guns. Oh — and a badge, too.

Police have identified the passenger in the vehicle as 56-year-old Officer Barry Stamps, a 25-year veteran of the Hoover Police Department. He and his wife, Mary, are now being held at Jefferson County Jail, where they’re facing a number of drug-related charges, according to the Birmingham PD.

“No one is above the law and criminal activity by police officers will certainly not be tolerated,” says Stamp’s boss, Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis.

“This type of conduct tarnishes the reputation of all officers who serve honorably, protecting, and serving our community. When an officer betrays their oath and the laws they are sworn to uphold, they must face the consequences of their actions.”

Should Stamps receive a harsher sentence because of his job? Will the court likely go easy on him?

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