Georgia Sheriff Blames Self for his Son Falling Victim to Marijuana "Epidemic"

The sheriff's son was arrested on felony drug charges, including possession of marijuana.

A Georgia sheriff took to Facebook Sunday to say he had failed his son who was recently arrested on felony drug charges, including possession of marijuana.

Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats stated the following on Facebook in regards to his 19-year-old son, Hunter Moats:

> My son, age 19, who attended college and lived away from home and away from our supervision, has fallen prey to the drug epidemic. Marijuana is rampant in the college life and my son fell victim to it. He was arrested last week along with his two roommates because of this drug that these young college kids seem to think is not really a drug. It is legal in many states and therefore they think it’s not bad. This is a lie!! This is a drug and my son has always been taught marijuana is a drug and not to smoke it. When your children leave your home and head off to college please talk to them about how this so called innocent drug can destroy their lives. Talking to your children is good, but it’s not enough. You need to go to where they are living as much as you can to make sure what they are doing. This is where I dropped the ball with my son. I was so focused on my job and helping my citizens, I failed to check on him like I should.

Hunter Moats was arrested September 27 in Acworth along with his roommates at a house he was sharing with them.

Hunter, who is a student at student at Kennesaw State University, was charged with purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana, felony possession of cocaine, and felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance.

Moats paid Hunter's bond the same day but kept him in jail as a lesson to show him where his life could end up.

The sheriff only refers to marijuana yet the charges also involve cocaine and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance.

As of Sunday, Hunter is back living at home, according to 11Alive. The college student also took to Facebook to express remorse and to say he has since found God.

> I would like to say that what is spreading like wildfire on Facebook is true, I am not proud of my actions in any way and was not raised to act this way. It was MY poor choices, not my families and not my friends. I fell into a hole that was so deep that I could not dig myself out of and I am merely ashamed of the way I was acting. I just want everyone to know that I had to hit rock bottom to actually see the importance in life. This was truly an eye opener and I have found God but please continue to pray for me and most importantly my family. Thank you all.

The other roommates are bonded out as well. Below are screenshots of both Facebook statements from father and son.

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TheBodyCams
TheBodyCams

The sheriff only refers to marijuana yet the charges also involve cocaine

Curious that Sheriff Moats would omit that in his public statement. What does God have to say about deception?

StevenThomas
StevenThomas

Dad was not the cause of his son's problems. Dad did not step over the line in this case but his son did and hopefully he will get help for his addiction!

vegas jack
vegas jack

OMG! I hope he held an intervention for his ADDICTED son, and sent him away to rehab for a month. Praise Jebus!

alanfalleur
alanfalleur

The sheriff sounds like the high school principal in Reefer Madness.

Sman
Sman

Hey dumb ass sheriff...what about that damn gateway drug........alcohol? Did you talk to your son about that DRUG....you know...the DRUG YOU USE??????

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