Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story 1/30/04

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This week's corrupt cop is a Florida mystery man. Somebody in the Volusia County (Daytona Beach) Sheriff's Department made off with $500,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana from the sheriff's evidence compound, and Sheriff Ben Johnson is none too happy about it.

Evidence of misconduct in the evidence section began to emerge last October, Johnson said in a Monday press release. On January 12, an administrative probe turned criminal when nearly 600 grams of cocaine couldn't be accounted for. At that point, Sheriff Johnson called in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. Federal investigators joined the effort last week. By now, Johnson said, more evidence has gone missing: Several hundred pounds of marijuana and an additional 300 grams of cocaine have also vanished.

"I'm deeply troubled to think that one of our employees may have abused his position by lying and stealing and jeopardizing other criminal prosecutions in the process," Johnson said. "This is an extremely serious matter, and we will leave no stone unturned in this investigation. I'm extremely angry and personally distressed about these events," he added. "The person or persons responsible for these actions has violated the community's trust, and that is not something I take lightly."

An arrest will come soon, authorities vowed. And the beat goes on.

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