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Federal Authorities Probe Evidence Handling In Mingo Cases

Reported: Feb. 26, 2014 9:58 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 7:21 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP, Bob Aaron) -- Federal prosecutors are investigating the handling of evidence in a Mingo County drug case linked to a corruption probe.

Mingo County Sheriff James Smith told the Charleston Daily Mail that a former deputy delivered a box of evidence to the sheriff's department on Monday afternoon.

Today he told Eyewitness News that the box also contained criminal files for more than 30 other defendants from 2012 to 2013, Smith was unsure if those cases were active or not. He said Dave Rockel should not have had the files in his possession.

The delivery came several hours after a circuit court judge dismissed the drug charges against George White of Delbarton.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby told the newspaper that federal prosecutors are investigating.

One of White's attorneys, David Barney, and Boone County prosecutor Keith Randolph say they don't think the evidence would have had an impact on White's case. Randolph served as special prosecutor for the case.

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