I'll leave the details to the news reporters; however, what essentially happened -- it appears -- is that someone from WANTF either gave marijuana to a suspect, or he arranged for marijuana to be given to a suspect, in exchange for that suspect's surrendering to the police.
To be fair, we are talking about a small amount of marijuana, but WANTF has devastated people's lives over "just a little bit of weed." To say that WANTF has devastated lives might seem like hyperbole, but when one takes into account the financial impact that even a small drug bust can have on somebody (attorney fees, fines, lost wages, damage to property [since the officers of WANTF do not care about how badly your property is damaged in a drug raid]), the impact on one's reputation that a drug bust has, the criminal record that can follow someone after a drug arrest, or even the impact of becoming a narc on one's psyche (some people go into a deep depression after becoming a narc), the term "devastate" fits like a glove (well, not if you're OJ Simpson).
Because WANTF is trusted to enforce the law, they (the officers of WANTF) must be held to a higher standard than the rest of us. If we were in Colorado, there would be no scandal here, but we aren't in Colorado, and the drug laws in Alabama are what they are, thus someone at WANTF appears to have broken the law.
It could be that the officer of WANTF was just obeying orders, but that defense didn't work at the Nuremberg trials and it shouldn't hold water in this instance either. If the offending officer of WANTF were John Q Citizen, his door would be kicked in and he would be brow-beaten, yelled at, and verbally abused, but apparently, someone at WANTF believes that the rules do not apply to him.
According to how WANTF operates, whoever distributed the marijuana is a menace, and he must be taken off the streets, because all drugs are bad, no matter what, and anybody who is involved in distributing or using drugs must be HARSHLY dealt with. The offending officer from WANTF can say that he was coerced into breaking the law, but how many men have been coerced into breaking the law by some pretty girl who flirts with a man in order to get him to give her drugs, because that girl is a narc who is in turn being coerced by WANTF to get as many busts as possible in order for her to "work off" her charges?
WANTF, you are completely tone-deaf. You offered me a deal that would have led to my charges eventually being dropped if I'd take down my website, but that line of thinking is indicative of just how tone-deaf you are. The problem isn't my website -- your tactics are the problem! If you all didn't run roughshod over people, my website wouldn't have the appeal to people that it does. Why don't you try behaving a little better? Then nobody will even care about my website, and your problem will be solved.