Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story 7/18/03

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After a brief hiatus, the corrupt cop weekly feature returns. This week, we go to North Carolina, where the leader of the Robeson County Sheriff's drug task force has resigned amidst allegations he falsified evidence to obtain search warrants. Lt. C.T. Strickland resigned June 27, although that information was not publicly known until last weekend.

Strickland had been placed on administrative leave after his credibility was questioned in court. North Carolina Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks had thrown out evidence in a drug case in September after learning Strickland had lied to obtain a search warrant in the case. In his affidavit to a magistrate to obtain a search warrant for the home of Christopher Logan and Gary McLean in Red Springs, Strickland wrote that he had an informant make a drug buy at the house under his supervision.

Logan and McLean were arrested and charged with selling crack cocaine, but during proceedings in the case, defense attorneys presented evidence showing that Strickland's informant had never been in the house, had not bought drugs there, had never worked any other cases with Strickland, and in fact, had only met Strickland the day before the search warrant application was made. This prompted Judge Weeks to throw out the evidence that grew from the bogus search warrant affidavit and to rule that Strickland had "knowingly" provided false information to the magistrate to obtain the warrant.

Perjury is a Class F felony in North Carolina, punishable by up to 68 months in prison, but Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt has yet to decide whether to charge Strickland, the Fayetteville Observer reported. Nor have Robeson County authorities asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the incident, Fayetteville district supervisor Jerry Weaver told the newspaper.

Britt dropped the charges against Logan and McLean, but there is no word yet on whether he will review other cases made by Strickland during the eight years he headed the drug task force.

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