Southwest Virginia county sheriff, 12 uniformed employees indicted
November 02, 2006 11:27 EST
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia sheriff and 12 of his uniformed employees have been indicted in a federal racketeering case, in which prosecutors claim that drugs seized by the sheriff's department were sold for distribution.
Court records that were unsealed today also show that a postal worker, a probation officer and five citizens have also been charged.
The 34-count indictment alleges that, starting in 1998, drugs seized by the Henry County Sheriff's Office were sold to citizens for distribution.
Sheriff Frank Cassell has been charged with impeding the investigation by the F-B-I and federal drug enforcement agents.
Others indicted face charges including racketeering conspiracy, firearms violations, narcotics distribution, obstruction of justice and perjury.