According to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy has turned himself in after an 8-month investigation into claims he was failing to turn controlled substances into evidence.
Clifton Wayne Holifield Jr., a former deputy, turned himself in to the sheriff’s office on Sunday and was charged with 12 counts of second degree theft of property — an incident that has previously gone before a local grand jury.
“In November 2014, we began our investigation and while we attempted to communicate and investigate our suspicions with Detective Holifield he immediately resigned,” a release from the department reads. “While reviewing his cases, we discovered he had unlawfully seized or maintained controlled substances through the course of some of his investigations.”The MCSO said there was also evidence that in such cases Holifield failed to submit controlled substances into evidence. However, authorities say there was no indication Holifield was selling or distributing the controlled substance, which authorities haven’t identified.
According to the release, the amounts taken and withheld from evidence were relatively small and did not involve any “active” cases or affect any “pending” cases against others. Corrective and disciplinary action were taken within the department to prevent any similar occurrences, and all of the evidence against Holifield has been submitted to the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office.
“When a member of this department violates the public trust, it is a tarnish to not only the reputation and traditions of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, but also to the hardworking men and women of law enforcement throughout our state,” Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said. “It is my commitment that swift action be taken against those who choose to violate their Oath of Office.”