An investigation into the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force has revealed allegations that officers dropped charges against suspects in return for cash and vehicles. Also, over a dozen vehicles and many drugs seized by the task force cannot be found.
According to a report in the Times Daily, agents from the FBI and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) are also pursuing evidence that former task force director David Scogin received donations to his campaign for Sheriff by people who had charges against them or their family members. In return for the donations the charges were dropped.
The allegations began after a theft at the task force’s office in September 2002. About $36,000 in cash, plus seized drugs and a variety of documents were reported stolen. Yet according to the Times Daily, there were no signs of forced entry to the building, and ABI agents do not believe a real burglary took place.
Although no charges had been filed as of June, a federal grand jury was set to review evidence.