Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland
(aee below) says that "Florida`s largest farmworker community, Immokalee is the town that tomatoes built." It`s also an extremely high crime community.
"Your chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Immokalee are six times greater than they are in the average American municipality. On the crime index, where zero is the rating given to the most dangerous areas in the United States and one hundred is the rating given to the safest, Immokalee comes in at one. Even the police there are sometimes criminals. Glendell Edison, a deputy sheriff who patrolled Immokalee for fifteen years, was sentenced to ten years in prison after being convicted for extorting money from drug pushers and possessing cocaine and crack."
Left is a picture of Clifton James
as J. W. Pepper, the iconic, even stereotypical, image
of a Southern Sheriff. Right is a mugshot
of Glendell Edison.