Hawkins, Greene, Hamblen and Hancock drug task force criticized by state comptroller

Three East Tennessee drug task forces are cited in a new state report for, among other things, accounting deficiencies, using federal Recovery Act money inappropriately and misusing a fuel card.

According to the annual report from State Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, the 3rd Judicial District group, which consists of Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties, failed to keep proper track of monies, failed to properly record and manage seized property and failed to maintain adequate documentation to support some confidential informant expenditures. Such task forces conduct law enforcement operations to stop illegal drug activity.

In addition, state auditors found the task force didn’t follow proper purchasing procedures and kept inadequate equipment inventory control records.



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