Questions swirled around drug chief

When 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Bebb named a new Drug Task Force director shortly after his election in 2006, he said he could “sleep at night” with Mike Hall in place.

Over the next four years, Bebb apparently looked elsewhere while Hall and the task force spent tens of thousands of taxpayer money on trips, meals and motels; while reports came in of Hall allowing improper searches and misusing state property; while task force agents gossiped of an affair between Hall and a female agent; and through whispers asking whether Hall himself was using drugs.

In fact, when Bebb learned that a Cleveland police detective was looking into questions whether Hall was abusing prescription pills, Bebb tried to get the detective indicted and later helped get him fired, court records allege.

Bebb said the detective should have been criminally charged for failing to get a court order to check Hall’s prescription records.

Hall did not respond to multiple messages left on his cellphone seeking comment.


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