Flomaton Police Lieutenant Arrested In Molino For Drug Trafficking; Will Face Alabama Charge

December 8, 2020

A Flomaton Police Department lieutenant was arrested for drug trafficking Monday in Molino after a investigation involving law enforcement from two states and the DEA.

The Escambia County (FL) Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, SWAT team and Patrol Division arrested 36-year old  Isaac R. Lopez for attempting to purchase methamphetamine to sell, investigators said.

The ECSO received information that Lopez was trafficking methamphetamines and set up an operation to catch him in the act, according to the agency.

“The takedown was in the 5800 block of North Highway 29,” Escambia County (FL) Sheriff’s Office Commander Robert Quinata told NorthEscambia.com. “There is still a lot of this under investigation.”

Lopez arranged a narcotics deal for two ounces of methamphetamine from an Escambia County (FL) Sheriff’s Office investigator by phone and text messages, according to an arrest report. The report states he arrived a predetermined location in Molino and accepted the two ounces of methamphetamine from the undercover officer.

Quinata said Lopez was not on duty and not in his agency issued vehicle at the time of his arrest.

Lopez. was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. He was booked in to the Escambia County (FL) Jail without bond.

Escambia County (AL) Sheriff Heath Jackson said Lopez is expected to face a felony charge in Alabama for user of official position or office for personal gain because Lopez used his Flomaton Police Department issued cellphone.

“He used his city cell phone to orchestrate it,” Jackson said. “We believe he was going to come back to Alabama and distribute the meth on this end.”

“Our investigation is ongoing and we will continue to follow any leads that might come out of it,” Jackson said. “We hold law enforcement to a higher standard…We will police our own people as we do the community.”

Jackson noted the does not currently believe any other Flomaton Police officers were involved.

The arrest came as the result of a partnership between the Escambia County (FL) Sheriff’s Office, Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office, Flomaton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Flomaton Police Chief Charles Thompson said Lopez’s termination is currently in process..

“Peace officers are to be held to the highest standards and will continue to be held as such,” Thompson said. “Actions like these will not be tolerated.”


59 Responses to “Flomaton Police Lieutenant Arrested In Molino For Drug Trafficking; Will Face Alabama Charge”

  1. Mickey Powell on December 11th, 2020 8:15 am

    drugs wind up in grammar schools.

    Mickey Powell

    Notice no capital D

  2. Jen on December 10th, 2020 6:36 pm

    You never fly so high that ya don’t come back down sometimes ya fall hard sometimes and others are warnings .. You can’t ride the fence not play both side and expect not to to get caught.. Sad to say that he is going to have to experience the bad side of the the fence..shouldn’t have teetered cuz now it’s three hots and a cot. Ain’t worth all that. Peace!!!

  3. 429SCJ on December 9th, 2020 7:45 pm

    Breaking Bad

  4. Chris Paul on December 9th, 2020 7:29 pm

    He sure seems happy.

  5. Hmmm on December 9th, 2020 4:01 pm

    Yes, people make mistakes and deserve second chances… but when cops get caught selling drugs, they need the book thrown at them. You know this dude has arrested plenty of people for drugs and I guarantee that he and his family were not full of compassion, caring, and non-judgement in those cases when those people’s lives were turned upside down… but now.. oh, no big deal… just a small mistake…

  6. AtmoeMe on December 9th, 2020 1:51 pm

    People deserve the truth

  7. Stumpknocker on December 9th, 2020 11:43 am

    I find it very strange reading articles here. I’ve read comments on here for years now, someone can be arrested multiple times in and out of prison and now arrested for violent crimes, and you people will get on here and tell everyone what a good person they are and not to judge someone and on and on, until it’s a cop!!!!!! Which tells me you’ve either had a run in or your just a hypocrite and now you are given a platform to be vindictive. Most articles begin with allegedly even the ones with videos of the he person committing the crime, but not this one. I don’t know this person and if this is all true I certainly don’t condone it and he needs to pay his debt like any one else. It’s funny I read on here people say that cops ain’t no better than anyone else, if that’s truly how y’all feel then he should receive the same sentence as anyone else would, no bond ? One reader on here likes to say dope and a mope wasting tax dollars for prison time for much worse because it’s only a dope crime, who is now silent ? Hmmmm is nice to know your neighbors and community.

  8. Dola on December 9th, 2020 4:49 am

    Known him since he started in atmore years ago and he was never the role model officer. In fact, every single time I recall having to interact with him he was extremely unprofessional. However this past summer my opinion of him changed dramatically when my child ran away, he alone was the only officer who really seemed to care. He did something I know he shouldn’t have done that evening but I thank God he did, his decision led to the immediate safe return of my daughter to our home. Those details are between him, I, and God. Lopez I hope things look up for you in the future!!

  9. Jerry on December 8th, 2020 11:03 pm

    Do police not have monthly random drug tests? No way he was selling and not using . Why is it so corrupt? I think Flomaton deserves better and needs higher standards.

  10. jim on December 8th, 2020 9:15 pm

    Why is everybody including the people arresting him so sure that he was going to purchase this to resell? yes he had a history of selling it apparently but I believe that he was on it himself and using it while doing his job as a policeman. In other words he was screwed up all the time while he was trying to catch people doing the exact thing that he was guilty of himself. The state prosecutor should really throe the book at him. So what if he was a good person in general? I have liked a lots of people who turned out to be crooks later in their life, the bottom line is abuse of power and hiding behind his badge to spread drugs to the public that he had sworn to serve and protect is just about the worst crime that I could imagine considering that you lose all your rights basically when he has you pulled over with a gun on you. i still trust most law enforcement and I realize that most are honest and do a dangerous and needed job for the community.

  11. David on December 8th, 2020 5:29 pm

    The problem is our culture is delusional and has delusions of grandeur.
    If I was a child today..and I am 67 years old now…there are zero moral or ethical mentors left in the world.
    It doesn’t matter if it was a religious figure, political,legal, etc….there are none.
    Yet everyone is a saint.
    According to most…there are no rules

  12. Jay on December 8th, 2020 4:14 pm

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. I hear Joe saying it every time I read an article like this, and that is to say quite often.

  13. Mike on December 8th, 2020 3:25 pm

    @ Chris

    That’s correct! God gave us free will to do good and bad…

  14. Big187daddy223 on December 8th, 2020 1:16 pm

    As someone who went to jail for meth I can say this marks 8 months sober from it. Every other day is a struggle because the feeling is so strong to want it. Then I remember having my family come see me in jail and the hurt in their eyes and it snaps me back to reality that I don’t need it. To all the people saying don’t judge him, in this situation he should be judged and blasted all over the media etc because he was held to a higher standard than everyone else being a officer of the law. He know what he was doing. He knows what would happen. He had a chance to go right like he was already doing but went left. No sympathy at all they are going to crucify his ass like they should. He gonna catch absolute HE’LL when he gets sentenced and goes to prison cause it’s definitely happening. The real criminals and C.Os gonna handle are tax paying money lol I get arrested by a cop who is doing the same thing SMMFH WOW…….

  15. chris on December 8th, 2020 1:14 pm

    @ Mike : More “pastors” mislead the church then I ever could. I read my Bible every day. I sin and repent daily. But, I never wore a badge and then sold meth. So, I’ll judge because God said I could.

  16. Karma on December 8th, 2020 11:50 am

    I have been waiting on this to happen, he should have been charged when he resigned from Atmore, because him and Scott Waldon (Spike) were being dirty cops in Atmore dealing with evidence and they covered it up as usual. While they are saying that they don’t think any other flomaton police officers are involved they better check his buddy Spike, they probably got rid of him too soon or he probably would have been right in the mix of everything too. I am glad to see that him being a dirty cop has finally caught up with him, if he wouldn’t have been caught there is no telling what he would have gotten away with. Great job to all police departments that were involved.

  17. Flomaton on December 8th, 2020 11:33 am

    Start at the top with the Mayor and see what happens.

  18. AC on December 8th, 2020 10:54 am

    To all the ones saying that no one should judge this man because we’ve all made bad decisions: While I have made bad decisions in the past, and I’m sure I will again, I certainly have never trafficked in drugs before. Using that “logic” we should never condemn rapists, murderers, or child molesters because we “all have made a bad decision at some point in our lives. That’s an asinine argument to make.

    @ John “Feilds”:
    If you’re going to use a fake name, at least learn how to spell it.

  19. David McDonald on December 8th, 2020 10:38 am

    A mature adult and trusted public servant committing crimes. Maximum sentence possible please!! Disgrace!

  20. Nick on December 8th, 2020 10:18 am

    @John Fields

    You musta bumped your brain on a box full of memory loss. It makes you wonder how this happens but hearing “State Troopers” (not APD) are leaving the State to join such a fine department makes me question your comments?

  21. Mike on December 8th, 2020 9:52 am

    @ Chris.

    Be careful and not mislead the church. I’m not even certain of that version… However, If you would carefully read again Corinthians and Roll back to the beginning of our New Testament in Matthew 7:1-3 you will see where Alabama girl was expressing her concern to the Church.

    Matthew 7:1-3
    King James Version
    7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

  22. Doll for "Just Say No To Drugs" on December 8th, 2020 9:36 am

    He is not a good person, I know him from the former police department that he worked and he was crooked then and he is crooked now. His MO was to harass people that he thought were addicted, probably trying to get information. Now we know it could have been for personal gain. I do not believe that he was making low wages and needed to sell. He was greedy, just call it want it is. But this time he got caught. @Bailey, I am sorry that you have to see your father in this manner, but there are people that he have set up in the past and their children had to deal with them being in jail, and with what the public have to say. Sorry for your loss, he is lost to the mess he created.

  23. Ratdog on December 8th, 2020 9:32 am

    Most everything that has been posted is true and cops should know better but my response is to the family. I worked with Escambia County SO and have known your husband, daddy for a number of years. Issac is a very easy smiling, friendly person and I can sense ,as a daughter, you love your daddy very much. Regardless of what self righteous people say do not give up on your dad because of what people may say or the ugliness they may show. First, we must assume he is innocent until proven otherwise and all of the ugly things being said should be kept to ourselves until we know the truth. Bailey, I don’t know you but according to your dads age you must be 15-16 years old. Please find someone you can trust to talk to, your pastor, priest and don’t carry this alone. God loves all of y’all and my wife and I will be praying for all of you. God bless you!

  24. sam on December 8th, 2020 9:12 am

    he is no different than anyone else. do the crime do the time. sorry for his family but he is a grown man and knew what he was doing was wrong.

  25. chris on December 8th, 2020 8:47 am

    @ Alabama Girl – 1 Corinthians 6:2 – Do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? John 7:24 Judge with righteous judgment. Maybe fact check the Bible before you decide to mis-quote it.

  26. Reader on December 8th, 2020 8:19 am

    There seems to be a problem in the flomaton police dept, this is the 4th or 5th one to go to jail. They must be taking lessons from the Atmore police.

  27. SueB on December 8th, 2020 7:31 am

    There is more to this story, a set up! Real criminals are not being convicted by State Attorney. This should not even have been news until internal investigation was done first. Men in Blue to help your Brothers in Blue!

  28. Keisha on December 8th, 2020 1:11 am

    He’s no different frm any other drug dealer. Because he’s cop he’s a good guy that made a bad decision. No he still a crimanal he has to pay for his crime.

  29. Forrest Gump on December 8th, 2020 12:51 am

    Stupid is as stupid does

  30. Taking out the trash on December 7th, 2020 11:38 pm

    Sorry for the people that know this man but he is a thug just like any other. Only behind a badge. In a position of power. He knew good and well what he was doing. He deserves more time than a regular criminal, our police must be held to higher standers.

  31. Alabama Girl on December 7th, 2020 11:04 pm

    Let’s all remember that the lord above is the one to pass judgment. We are all humans and not a single one posting can say you’ve never made a bad decision. Pray for this young man instead of bashing him. I don’t agree with what he has done but I’m not the one he has to answer to on judgement day.

  32. Ijs on December 7th, 2020 10:59 pm

    Funny how all these people are hear saying don’t judge or you don’t know his situation and all these other dumb comments but when it comes to your own local citizens that do the same thing you condemn them and talk down on them and make them out to be the worst thing ever created. Love the double standard.

  33. Atmo on December 7th, 2020 10:43 pm

    Well he made a bad decision but he’s suppose to protect and serve what in the world happened I pray for him and his family

  34. Well on December 7th, 2020 9:30 pm

    So after his day in court we’ll see where he is. Although it doesn’t look good at the moment.
    Always tough for the Families.

  35. Tee Donli on December 7th, 2020 8:52 pm

    Back the Blue! LOL!

  36. Keshia Simpson on December 7th, 2020 8:47 pm

    Ha!!! Its Not just our people its the people yall hired to protect and serve us too. He still my Dawg that’s a good man I can’t even talk down on him cause he good people just went by things the wrong way . Praying for you Lopez

  37. Mike on December 7th, 2020 8:38 pm

    It’s a shame knowing these men and women put their lives on the line everyday for low wages. I’m certain his actions were for financial support not the thrill. Selling hotdogs and lemonade would’ve been a better alternative… or tacos and corona, whichever.

  38. Peggy Emmons on December 7th, 2020 8:30 pm

    What a disgrace I hope he gets a long sentence and put in with criminals he sent to prison for the same thing no special treatment for him as a law enforcement officer

  39. Jazzie Fay on December 7th, 2020 7:47 pm

    Great to see this thug being taking off the streets. Dealer behind a badge

  40. Dogfaced Soldier on December 7th, 2020 7:38 pm

    Bailey Lopez, I am praying for you and your family. I am by no means condoning what your father is accused of by saying that. I know he’s your father and you love him very much and I’m terribly sorry that you all are having to go through this. Many of my family will also be praying for you and your family.

  41. Jason on December 7th, 2020 7:37 pm

    Nothing like trading a career for the title of FELON. Awfully poor choice for a side job.

  42. Ashley Tidwell on December 7th, 2020 7:13 pm

    He is a wonderful person man, person, and officer! Until you know a person’s situation, or why that be doing something then you’re not in liberty to speak about them! I know in every person commenting on him in any bad manor clearly doesn’t know him! How many of on here can honestly say you have never made a bad decision, or have family members that haven’t done the same thing? None of you! But shame on y’all! This man has children that are seeing this! And I consider myself lucky to be able to call this man a friend!

  43. Lee on December 7th, 2020 7:11 pm

    Law enforcement personnel need to go through more intense background checks, psychological evaluations, credit checks, and training.

  44. Disgrace on December 7th, 2020 7:03 pm

    LEOs are held to a higher standard than the average citizen and they should be. It’s not like that higher standard is a surprise, it’s obvious. Cops committing crimes at any level make all us cops the target for hate and distrust. He should be held accountable and prosecuted. He made his bad decisions and he has to be held accountable.

  45. paul on December 7th, 2020 6:49 pm

    A sworn public servant, betrayed the public trust – a disgrace to the honorable men and women that serve and protect.

  46. No Excuses on December 7th, 2020 6:42 pm


    I’m sorry your father has brought you pain. I met a lot of inmates in the federal prison where I worked that were very nice people. They were still criminals that had committed crimes. It’s possible for someone to be a good father to their children and still be a criminal. Your father was in a leadership position if he was a lieutenant, and he absolutely knew what he was doing would get him hard time if he was caught.

  47. Alabama resident on December 7th, 2020 6:28 pm

    Well it looks like whoever done the hiring for the past 10 years needs to learn how to interview. Have you ever seen so many atmore or poarch cops going to jail as much as flomaton for drug related? Just bc you know how to use a gun and can do the training don’t make you the right cop just saying.

  48. Man man man on December 7th, 2020 6:10 pm

    @ bailey lopez… lets say it was a different person or cop that was distributing drugs to your brothers, sisters, family or friends, would they be considered a bad person? I hate that your dad is going through this but he made his bed now its time to lay in it. If he caught someone with meth he’d more than likely take them to jail, now its his turn to get the short end of the stick

  49. Fernado on December 7th, 2020 6:09 pm

    Not too hard to believe, this officer was known to be dishonest for years. Majority of these officers are rejects that have been run out of other departments for indiscretions

  50. tc on December 7th, 2020 6:08 pm

    Lowest of the low.. Hope he gets the hard time in prison he deserves

  51. Me on December 7th, 2020 5:59 pm

    “Good people making bad decisions”

    Good people do not buy drugs they know to be illegal, and it’s not like it was a impulse buy. He planned it out.

  52. Flomaton citizens on December 7th, 2020 5:44 pm

    No good people don’t make those kind of bad decisions. That is a common crook.

  53. Bowhunter on December 7th, 2020 5:40 pm

    @ Bailey Lopez i’m glad he’s your father and hero however if he did this than he made a bad decision in life and should have thought about his family

  54. Deborah Daugherty on December 7th, 2020 5:34 pm

    I guess he needed a pay raised..

  55. Kay on December 7th, 2020 5:26 pm

    Three weeks ago a Flomaton deputy posted on Facebook that people should be lined up and shot in the head. Now another Flomaton deputy has been charged for selling drugs. Sounds like Flomaton Police Dept needs cleaning out, and starting over. Sad for our community.

  56. Ellen on December 7th, 2020 5:23 pm

    Well, well, well…….but he was always harassing local addicts! Maybe he was just seeing if they’d share! SMH

  57. Bailey Lopez on December 7th, 2020 5:19 pm

    He’s not a bad person! He my father and my hero and he’s helped SO many people out! You can literally ask anybody and they can say nice things and say he’s hard headed but he’s a great person! So nobody needs to be saying bad things upon his name.

  58. Flomaton Resident on December 7th, 2020 5:12 pm

    Good people make bad decisions. Until you know what trials someone is facing, do not judge.

  59. Flomaton citizen on December 7th, 2020 4:58 pm


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