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Sheriff’s Office under investigation

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By Kristin Beck

Kentucky State Police have issued a search warrant through Carroll County Circuit Court for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the department’s evidence room.

The search warrant indicates state police are investigating the handling of drugs seized, case files and other documents related to evidence in two sheriff’s office investigations. It was signed Dec. 17, 2013, by Judge Stephen Bates and executed the same day by Det. Jason Brown of the Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West branch in Bowling Green, Ky.

Brown, who is leading the investigation, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman said Wednesday that this was an ongoing investigation, and “at this time I can’t comment on it, but I look forward to speaking to you in the future about it.”

According to a copy of the search warrant, obtained Wednesday from the Carroll County Circuit Clerk’s Office, state police are looking into the criminal case file for the arrest of Marcell Hankins for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs on or about March 29, 2013, “to include the citation, E-Nibrs case report, KSP 41s, KSP 26s and all other supporting documentation for said arrest together with all physical evidence or personal property of any type seized by the arresting officer at the time of the Marcell Hankins’ arrest; the evidence bag/envelope containing said evidence or personal property for said arrest; the three ring evidence binder black in color holding the documentation evidencing the collection, storage, removal and destruction of evidence in regard to the arrest of said Marcell Hankins; together with all other documentation of any type evidencing the collection, storage, removal or destruction of any physical evidence or personal property collected by the arresting officer for said Marcell Hankins’ arrest. A tan colored Kroger bag and prescription bottles.”

The search warrant also lists the case file for the arrest of Robert Taylor on or about Nov. 1, 2013, and “nine (9) white pills, five (5) of which are Hydrocodone 10 milligrams and four (4) non-scheduled prescription medications taken into evidence in said case. … Any and all criminal case log(s).”

Brown seized the following items on Dec. 17, according to the search warrant: an evidence bag in Taylor’s case containing a white bottle with nine pills inside; an evidence bag containing a brown, plastic grocery bag with three bottles without labels inside containing – one bottle with eight oblong tablets; one with 20 pills; and one with 21 pills – a Marlboro pack of cigarettes and sunglasses; the case files for Marcell Hankins and Robert Taylor; a property sheet beginning Nov. 28, 2012, and ending May 30, 2013; a property sheet beginning June 1, 2013, and ending Nov. 9, 2013; and an empty pill bottle with Marcell Hankins’ name on it.