By Sam Poe
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | 3:06 PM
Grady Keith Concord
Sergeant Grady "Keith" Concord, Investigator with the Winston County Sheriff's Department, has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with charges of Manufacturing of Methamphetamine in the Second Degree. The arrest was made Wednesday afternoon after an ongoing investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, and the Alabama Beverage Control Board. Concord is being held in the Lauderdale County Jail with a $500,000 cash bond, pending further investigation. Additional charges are expected from state and federal agencies Thursday.
Sheriff Harris also stated Concord acted alone in his behavior, and Harris is extremely disappointed in the actions of his deputy. Harris stated such actions are unacceptable from law enforcement officers and must be dealt with accordingly. Following Concord's arrest, he was dismissed from duty at the Winston County Sheriff's Department, effective Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Concord is 41 years old and a resident of Nauvoo.
Sheriff Harris also released the following statement on the matter.
"Concord's actions were wrong and are not reflective of other officers in our county. We were informed of his criminal behavior. We investigated, and we made an arrest. This is something we do daily. Even though Keith is one of us, he was not acting as the rest of us would have acted. However, when you buy, sale, use, or make illegal drugs, you better be ready to pay the price. Sergeant Concord will have to do just that. He will pay the price, and it will much larger than a private citizen would have to pay."
"There is nothing easy about policing your own employees. You just want to them in a better view, but sometimes they fail you and themselves. I don't recall anyone saying this job would be easy, but we owe it to those we serve to rid our ranks of those who are just as the ones we arrest."