A Nassau County deputy has been arrested and fired after being accused of setting up innocent people for drug offenses
Kyle Tholl, 38, is accused of not testing drugs found during traffic stops and lying about the drugs being illegal.
"Why you would throw away your career for no reason?" Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said about Tholl, who is facing four misdemeanor counts of perjury and one count of filing a false police report. "When someone violates the public trust we have zero tolerance for that,”
The arrest warrant says Tholl was involved in four instances in which people were stopped for traffic violations in late 2017 and eventually charged with possession of narcotics even though the drugs were prescribed or were over-the counter medications.
Action News Jax went to Tholl‘s home to ask him about his arrest, but there was no answer.
Action News Jax Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson believes Tholl should be facing an “official misconduct” charge, which is a third-degree felony, instead of perjury, which is a misdemeanor.
Action News Jax is still waiting to hear back from the state attorney’s office relating to what charges Tholl will face, but did confirm they had to throw out 30 cases since Tholl’s arrest.
"It’s unfortunate someone would do that," added Leeper. "We don’t have any tolerance for anyone who does that and I will make sure they do not work as a police officer again."
Tholl worked at the Sheriff's Office for three years and was deputy of the quarter in April 2016.