By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Note: Lopez was transferred from the Escambia County Detention Center to the Escambia County (Fla.) Jail Friday, Dec. 9, reportedly after his bonding agent came off the security bond it had posted on the former policeman’s drug trafficking charges.
Isaac R. Lopez, a former officer with police departments in Atmore and Flomaton entered a guilty plea in Escambia County Circuit Court to felony ethics violations.
Lopez, who was arrested December 7, 2020, by Escambia County, Fla. authorities for trafficking in methamphetamine, is still awaiting trial on that charge.
Court documents show that Lopez, an FPD lieutenant at the time, used a Town of Flomaton-owned cellphone to arrange a deal for two ounces of methamphetamine. The “drug dealer” was actually an ECSO-Florida investigator, and when Lopez, who was not on duty at the time, accepted the meth at a prearranged point in Molino, he was swarmed by ECSO officers.
He was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony and was fired from his FPD job. No trial date has been set on the felony charges.
Bad luck continued to follow the former policeman after his arrest.
He was jailed by Flomaton police in February 2022 on charges of reckless endangerment of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Those charges stemmed from a Christmas 2021 house party hosted by Lopez at which a teenager who attended was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He has yet to face those charges in court.
Reports show that Lopez was ordered to remain under house arrest at a Jay, Fla. residence but returned to Flomaton to hold the holiday bash. His bond on the original charges was revoked, and he has remained in jail since.