WJBF News Channel 6 has learned a former Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputy has been indicted on charges of Tampering with Evidence and Violation of Oath of Office.
We are told, Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators began investigating a complaint on one of its officers, Deputy Wade Smith on May 29th.
The investigation dealt with accusations of improper handling and recovery of property seized from a defendant in a case investigated by Deputy Smith on November 2nd, 2012.
During the investigation, it was learned that Deputy Smith confiscated a large amount of Marijuana, money, and a handgun and did not document this in any report or recover the property correctly. Investigators say, Smith reported that the narcotics were destroyed, the weapon was discarded, and all of the cash was turned over to a relative of the defendant.
As a result of the investigation, it was determined at a minimum that Deputy Smith violated Richmond County Sheriff's Office policy and procedures and was terminated on Thursday, June 4th, 2013. The entire findings from the investigation were forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review.
Deputy Wade Smith was hired with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on March 2, 2002.
Tuesday, July 30th, the case was presented to a Grand Jury, which subsequently indicted Smith on the charges of Tampering with Evidence and Violation of Oath of Office.
A Grand Jury Arrest Warrant has been issued for Smith's arrest. Smith's attorney is making arrangements to have Smith turn himself in to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
We will continue to follow this story and provide the latest information as it becomes available.
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