Richmond County deputy fired over evidence issue

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 3:54 PM
Last updated 10:29 PM
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A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy was fired Tuesday after an internal investigation into the handling of evidence.

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According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, Deputy Wade Smith had been under investigation after a complaint was filed claiming he had improperly handled property seized from a defendant Nov. 2, 2012.

According to a news release, Smith had confiscated a large amount of marijuana, money and a handgun but did not document the property in his report.

Smith, a deputy since 2002, maintained that the narcotics were destroyed, the weapon was discarded and the cash was returned to the defendant’s family, the release said.

After the investigation could not support Smith’s story, it was determined that he had violated policy and procedures, and he was fired.

The investigation is still active, and the findings will be forwarded to the district attorney for review and possible prosecution, the release said.

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fishman960
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fishman960 06/04/13 - 03:34 pm
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Yessir!

Gonna get high, high, high, and sell a gun!

CricketSeranade
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CricketSeranade 06/04/13 - 03:20 pm
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did NOT document the property. not "did no document"

So the weapon was "discarded," so does that mean he threw it in the trash? And exactly who "distroyed" the drugs? And where is the receipt showing the money was returned to the family? You would think after all this time, he would have been able to come up with a more plausible story.

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 06/04/13 - 03:44 pm
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Wait a minute...

Wasn't Roundtree fired for mishandling evidence/case paperwork?

If so, the Good news for Smith is, he can always run for office later.

Darby
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Darby 06/04/13 - 04:35 pm
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Thought he would be nominated

for Cop of the Year or something....

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/05/13 - 11:13 am
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Philo, believe you have hit on something.

Roundtree had problems with some of his paperwork.

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dstewartsr 06/04/13 - 06:21 pm
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"... fired over evidence issue...?"

Who wrote this, the PR department, Smith's lawyer? "A large amount of marijuana, money and a handgun" unaccounted for and it's an ISSUE?

COP: Corrupt Overbearing Perjurer.

mycomments
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mycomments 06/04/13 - 06:23 pm
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fishman 960

I believe it's GOT high,high, high and SOLD a gun..from the look of his pic, he's no stranger to it!

whyme
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whyme 06/04/13 - 06:51 pm
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bad timing

We need all of the law enforcement agents we can get these days, so it's a shame that one has been fired for whatever reason. Let's continue to encourage and support the ones who are trying to do the best job that they can given their resources.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 06/04/13 - 07:55 pm
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Deputy
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Drugs corrupt everyone who comes in contact. Put drug dealers in jail for life and end the drug problem! Now!

myfather15
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myfather15 06/04/13 - 10:02 pm
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This stinks from the start!!

First of all, an individual deputy never "destroys" the drugs that are taken as evidence; they turn them into the evidence room and they are destroyed AFTER the case is disposed of in court.

Also, we don't PERSONALLY dispose of; or simply "discard" any firearm taken during a drug investigation; for proper "disposal" refer to the last statement about drugs; the procedure is the same.

On ALL currency taken; you provide the offender/suspect with a property receipt, recording exactly what you've taken; which has a tracking number to be easily connected to the specific case you're working.

This guy is an idiot, scumbag that gives us all a bad name. He deserves criminal prosecution and I hope to hear about him being indicted by a grand jury. There is absolutely ZERO excuse for this incident. His excuses were the best he could possibly come up with, because there simply is no valid excuse for it. He was probably hoping the family wouldn't make an issue about it.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/04/13 - 10:00 pm
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"COP: Corrupt Overbearing

"COP: Corrupt Overbearing Perjurer."

Take this disgusting comment and place it where it belongs!! Use you imagination when trying to figure where I believe it belongs.

Maybe you should actually use your BRAIN before posting such ridiculous non-sense. I've been a Deputy Sheriff for 16 years and I've never purjered myself. I serve with honor and integrity and so do the VAST majority of us who wear the badge.

If you had ANY common sense; you would realize that in ANY profession that has THOUSANDS of people employed; there will be some bad seeds that slip through the cracks. HOPEFULLY, they will be discovered and TERMINATED immediately; but this isn't always the case. Sometimes it takes a while before they are discovered.

To place all "Cops" into the category with this guy is simply ignorant.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/04/13 - 10:07 pm
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So, I explain the exact

So, I explain the exact procedure for collecting and retaining evidence and someone gives a "thumbs down"? Care to explain that?

No? Go figure!!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/04/13 - 10:18 pm
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I'm a huge supporter of

I'm a huge supporter of law-enforcement. That being said, I'm getting real tired of people that supposedly have the public trust, crapping allover that trust. Give him his time in court, if it's not a kangaroo court, and he's found guilty, throw him under the jail!!! If he's found innocent, restore him to full statis.

Which brings me to a pet peave of mine. I believe that any person found guilty of a crime, while operating "under public trust" should be given, at a minimum, twice the normal sentence for their crime.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/05/13 - 05:30 am
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CCSO has an opening for Deputy Smith.
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Code Inspector. "After all sir, they are just road patrol." CC magistrate Judge. You get what you get. An attitude, a giant ego, a gun, a badge and a bat mobile.

SPARKSTER83
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SPARKSTER83 06/05/13 - 08:31 am
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I think that is Roundtrees
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I think that is Roundtrees cousin WOW!!!!

SPARKSTER83
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SPARKSTER83 06/05/13 - 08:33 am
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Also i see the evidence in
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Also i see the evidence in his eyes,the eyes dont lie!!!!!

seminolewind
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seminolewind 06/05/13 - 08:53 am
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Roundtree
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was a crook, but didn't seem to bother his "constituents"--electing him seemed to be a "color" issue!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/05/13 - 10:35 am
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MyFather15 disagree on almost

MyFather15 and I disagree on almost everything but of this I'm certain. He takes his LEO job seriously and he represents the majority of officers who are honest and play by the rules. MyFather, a thought crossed my mind, now hear me out. 2 states, Colorado and Washington have gone beyond medicinal MJ and have approved its possession and responsible use by adults. Washington even went a step further to where only the government can sell it in government owned stores. What if the sheriffs office in Georgia could sell the seized MJ to the state of Washington for a reasonable, agreed upon price? $$$ revenue for our community who desperately needs it.

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