Fallout from firings of Aiken County narcotics investigators

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 First at Five, Oct. 8, 2007

AIKEN CTY, S.C.---Preliminary numbers are in and between 250-275 warrants for people in Aiken County could be affected by the firing of 4 Investigators from the Narcotics Division of the Sheriff's Office. That according to Solicitor Barbara Morgan.

Those four fired investigators are: Investigator Tim Roberts, Investigator James Crowell, Investigator Luke Williamson and Lt. Jonathon Owenby. Investigator Brian Owens was suspended with pay. This all happened on Thursday and stems from an incident on September 13th.

The number of cases affected could increase as more digging ensues. Each of those cases will be looked at on a case by case basis.

As for the closed cases, they too will be looked at. There, the Solicitors Office will look at the evidence presented to see if there were any credibility issues with these 4 fired men.

SLED is conducting an ongoing investigation of this case. There will be no comment from them or the Aiken County Sheriff's Office until the investigation is complete.

As for the Narcotics Division, there are now 4 Investigators staffing the Division.

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  • by Honey Location: Aiken on Jan 13, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    When do you expect SLED to complete their investigation into this matter? Hasn't it been going on for several months. How long does it usually take for them to complete an investigation?
  • by Bubba Location: North Augusta on Nov 21, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    South Carolina has a police misconduct crisis on its hands. Blacks make up 29% of the population in South Carolina, but represent 83% of all South Carolina inmates in state custody for drug law violations. The nation witnessed in November 2003, the infamous Stratford High School drug raid conducted by the Goose Creek Police Department where police pointed loaded guns at approximately 135 unarmed high school students, and threatened the students with police dogs, only to find no drugs. No criminal charges were filed against the officers involved even though it was blatantly obvious that what was witnessed on national news was not what the framers of the Constitution for the United States and the Bill of Rights had in mind when they penned, and the states ratified, the 4th Amendment in particular. Hardly a week goes by in South Carolina without at least one of it’s cities daily newspapers reporting on instances of police misconduct, which often get “handled” absent criminal charges, prosecution, and incarceration. In 2005, South Carolina’s Governor, Mark Sanford, established a commission made up primarily of law enforcement, to address and report on police misconduct in South Carolina. To date, no official report has been made public. Also in 2005, members of the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee, all 23 senators, received a proposal to directly detect and deter police misconduct in South Carolina. The proposal calls for mandatory lie detector tests for every police officer that has been accused of police misconduct. While a simple proposal, not one state senator has introduced any legislation that would serve as protection for the residents of South Carolina against the epidemic of overzealous police officers.
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