A former Alabama sheriff’s deputy admitted to forcing a woman to cook methamphetamine to feed his drug addiction.
Grady Keith Concord pleaded guilty to one count each of extortion under color of official right, manufacturing methamphetamine, and manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on premises where children are present or reside, reported AL.com.
The 42-year-old Concord, who admits he was addicted to drugs, was arrested in June on drug manufacturing charges and fired from the Winston County Sheriff’s Department.
According to court documents, Concord approached a Nauvoo woman in July 2013 and arranged to supply her with pseudoephedrine if she would supply him with the finished product.
Investigators said the deputy took decongestant pills containing the meth precursor from the sheriff’s department evidence room, and Concord and his wife also bought the medication for use making illegal drugs.
Concord denied the woman’s claim that he threatened her with arrest, but he agrees she might have felt pressured to participate because he was a sheriff’s deputy.
The deputy knew the woman’s two sons, one of them a minor, lived at the home where she produced meth.
Concord knew the woman had two sons who lived at the home, and that one of them was a minor.
He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the extortion conviction, and up to 20 years in prison and $1 million fine for manufacturing meth.