Richmond County deputy fired over evidence issue

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A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy was fired Tuesday after an internal investigation into the handling of evidence.

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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