March 29, 2018
MOUNTAIN CITY, TN (WJHL) - State auditors and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents revealed to News Channel 11 on Thursday what they are calling a number of problems within the Mountain City Police Department's property and evidence room.
The Comptroller's Office said on November 9, 2017, auditors and agents did an inventory of selected items held in the police department's evidence room.
That information was compared to the department's inventory log. Investigators said they found the log to be unreliable and incomplete.
"In some instances, evidence bags had been cut open and drugs were missing. Investigators were unable to determine what happened to the seized property because it was not clear who had accessed the evidence room," said an audit report. "The department also failed to include all seized property on the inventory log, and it failed to include information such as incident numbers, defendants' names, and dates on the inventory log."
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