“It happens in every jurisdiction,” Mercer said, adding that jailers are warned against it. “When it happens, it’s unfortunate but we deal with it as correctly and stringently as we possibly can.”
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Snell worked in the Parker County Jail for about seven months but had no disciplinary action taken against him during his employment in Weatherford and resigned his position. According to state records, Snell moved from Parker County to Palo Pinto County Jail in January.
Snell has also been arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, under a gram, and impersonation of a peace officer regarding a separate incident reportedly occurring about three days after his termination.
The City-County Narcotics Unit in Palo Pinto County did a “knock and talk” at a Mineral Wells hotel and found a “scrape bag” with a small amount of methamphetamine in Snell’s possession, according to Mercer.
Witnesses said Snell showed an ID card and was identifying himself as a police officer from a Metroplex law enforcement agency, Mercer said.