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The Walls, Miss., police officer who found methamphetamine during a traffic stop, then placed the potentially dangerous drug in his own squad car, is under a microscope for his actions. The Walls, Miss., police officer who found methamphetamine during a traffic stop, then placed the potentially dangerous drug in his own squad car, is under a microscope for his actions.
This most recent incident is not the first time Officer Zach Jenkins has faced questions about his traffic stops. This most recent incident is not the first time Officer Zach Jenkins has faced questions about his traffic stops.
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(WMC-TV) - The Walls, Miss., police officer who found methamphetamine during a traffic stop, then placed the potentially dangerous drug in his own squad car, is under a microscope for his actions.

This most recent incident is not the first time Officer Zach Jenkins has faced questions about his traffic stops.

Jenkins, as well as his police vehicle, had to be decontaminated Tuesday after he seized shake and bake meth and putting it in his own police car to take back to headquarters.

Placing the potentially dangerous drug in his car is something that Chief Reginald Harris said should never have happened.

"Now, we know that we will contain it at the site wherever you're at," said Chief Harris.

Jenkins was placed on administrative leave the same night as the traffic stop, but Chief Harris insists he was not placed on leave for how he handled the stop.

"From what I've seen, he's been a good officer," said Harris. "It's just some of his lapse in judgment has kind of put him in bad situations."

The first situation happened earlier this year when Jenkins stopped James Irby and failed to detain him after finding marijuana in the car. Irby fled from the scene and no one has seen him since.

"Just put him in the back of the car, if he would have done that maybe Mr. Irby will be here," said Harris.

People who live in the area were shocked to hear Jenkins was involved in both stops.

"That brings up a lot of questions about his day to day operations as a policeman," said Henry Payne.

Chief Harris said the department will receive training regarding how to handle methamphetamine in January in an effort to learn from Tuesday's stop.

Walls Police Department would not make Jenkins available to share his side of the story Friday.

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