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Blount County Sheriff speaking out after ABI investigation

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Reports of missing drug and money evidence from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office sparked an investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI).  

When asked about the investigation earlier this week, Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey said she asked the ABI to step in regarding a situation in February of 2013 where seized drug money had gone missing. This report was filed a few months after Casey says she assisted with an ABI investigation dealing with missing drugs from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office evidence room. 

 Thursday, Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington said there were two separate incidents, one involving missing drugs, and another missing money. Arrington said each time he asked the ABI to investigate.

Sheriff Arrington said the report of missing drug evidence goes back to 2012. In that case, he said everything was found except for a small amount that they discovered had been accidentally destroyed.

Sometime between late 2012 and early 2013, Sheriff Arrington said they discovered missing money evidence. He said the ABI’s investigation was completed and turned over to the Blount County District Attorney in July 2013. 

Blount County District Attorney, Pamela Casey, says when the information was turned into her office, she immediately asked for a special prosecutor. 

According to Casey, the special prosecutor that was originally assigned had a heavy case load and was unable to get to the Blount County investigation in a timely manner. After months of delay, Casey says she felt the case needed a new prosecutor. She says she spoke to Sheriff Arrington and he agreed. 
 
In January of this year, Sheriff Arrington said he asked the State Attorney General’s Office to review the case. That’s when E. Paul Jones, District Attorney to Chambers, Randolph, Macon and Tallapoosa Counties, was appointed as a special prosecutor to the case.

Alabama's 13 reached out to Mr. Jones for a comment, but he was out of town.

The ABI has confirmed that they’ve completed their investigation into these matters and have turned over that information.

Hear more from Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington about this investigation tonight on Alabama’s 13 News at 6.

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