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Hiland requests State Police investigate unaccounted-for narcotics at jail

Posted: July 28, 2014 - 7:10pm

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office has concluded its internal investigation into allegations that a top county jail administrator may have taken a prescription narcotic meant for a prisoner.

FCSO announced on July 18 that Capt. Lloyd Vincent had resigned after being placed on leave, and that a criminal investigation was underway to see what involvement, if any, he may have had with a discrepancy that led to unaccounted-for narcotic drugs.

The investigation was concluded on Monday afternoon and the evidence was passed along to 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, Cody Hiland, who wrote a letter requesting that the Arkansas State Police take over the investigation.

Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock said that six people — Vincent, FCSO Major John Randall, the jail doctor and two nurses, and a detention officer/medical assistant — all are responsible for independently verifying a “chain of custody” for prescription drugs at the jail. The suspension and investigation were triggered by a single discrepancy on one day, Shock said, and at this point there’s no reason to think there were other instances of medication going unaccounted for.

“We are an agency that holds our people to a high standard, no matter who you are or what your rank is,” Shock said. “We hate that this has happened, but sometimes, despite our best efforts to make sure we’ve thoroughly vetted all our employees, they disappoint you.

“This is not going to effect our resolve to continue to focus on getting the best people we can in our office.”

Often in cases involving criminal prosecution of elected or high-ranking law enforcement officials a special prosecutor is requested to represent the state. Hiland said he would decide if a special prosecutor is needed after the State Police finish their investigation.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb, can be reached by email at joe.lamb@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1277. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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