Originally published February 15, 2014
Carroll Sheriff's Dept. target of KSP investigation
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:00 AM
The Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Branch executed a search warrant for the evidence room of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office late last year after allegations of mishandled and missing evidence.
Clarification - February 18, 2014
A bag of evidence involved in a Kentucky State Police investigation of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office was found during a second search of a cruiser that had been used by former Deputy Clay Cable in December.
Cable had requested a search of the vehicle shortly after he resigned in November, which had been completed by Deputy J.T. Shaw. No evidence bags, prescription bottles or any other physical evidence had been found during the initial search of the vehicle, the search warrant affidavit said.
State police were looking for evidence or personal property seized during two arrests; an evidence binder with documentation of the collections, storage, removal and destruction of evidence; and other criminal case files relating to the cases, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in the Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk's Office on Feb. 4.
The Kentucky State Police West Drug Enforcement Branch is responsible for detecting, investigating and apprehending people who violate laws pertaining to illegal drugs, the KSP website said.
No criminal charges have been filed.
The search warrant - which was signed and executed on Dec. 17 - indicated police were looking for criminal case files in the arrests of Marcell Hankins in March 2013 and Robert Taylor in November 2013.
Det. Jason Brown of the West Drug Enforcement Branch led the investigation.
In the Hankins case, the Carroll County Sheriff's Department seized pills, which were retained as evidence.
In December, Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman ordered Deputy J.T. Shaw to inspect a cruiser used by recently retired Deputy Clay Cable, according to court records.
Shaw, with the assistance of Deputy Rodney Hawkins, discovered an evidence bag from the Hankins case in the vehicle, the affidavit said.
When asked about the evidence bag, Kinman told Shaw he had given the evidence to Cable to return to Hankins, according to court records.
Cable told investigators he never returned evidence to, or had ever met, Hankins.
Shaw also had trouble locating the Hankins case file, which Kinman then said he had, according to court records. Shaw asked for the file to be returned, but told state police he never received it, according to the search warrant affidavit.
Kinman was unavailable for comment and did not return a phone call made to the office.
Shaw also told investigators he was taking evidence in the Taylor case to the Kentucky State Police lab and discovered some evidence was missing. Kinman told Shaw he had possession of the evidence, the affidavit said.
Shaw told investigators there were multiple pages missing from the evidence log.
Court records show that during the execution of the search warrant, state police found two evidence bags containing pills and other personal items taken during the arrests, case files for Hankins and Taylor, property sheets and other items.
Kentucky State Police said the investigation is ongoing, and no additional information was available at this time.