Former McMinn deputy under investigation

A former McMinn County sheriff’s deputy is being investigated by the TBI, after accusations that he may have taken prescription drugs from suspects and failed to turn them in as evidence.

McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy said he received a complaint on November 5 about former deputy Justin Hester.  According to  department policy, all officers must document all evidence and property taken from traffic stops and crime scenes.  Guy said that documentation was missing from some of the traffic stops that had been conducted by Hester.

“We occasionally receive unfounded complaints against officers,” said Sheriff Guy. “But these allegations were serious enough that I immediately contacted the TBI.”


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