'Corrupt to the Core' Virginia Sheriff Indicted on Drug and Racketeering Charges

Other officers in the sheriff's office entangled in the charges included a canine handler who received cocaine and marijuana to train drug-smelling dogs. On 10 occasions, the dog handler passed the drugs to Vaught who gave them to other drug dealers he knew through Reed.

The depth of the corruption also ensnared the former head of the vice squad, David King, who often falsified destruction orders for multiple kilos of cocaine and crack, and hundreds of pounds of marijuana.

In reality, King was selling the drugs to members of the sheriff's office and the distribution ring. The government alleges the sheriff knew this was going on all along, and has audio transcripts to prove it.

In one October 2005 conversation with one of the deputies, identified as a cooperating witness in the FBI transcripts, Cassell is told the drugs were being sold in North Carolina:

Witness: "Put it this way, they were taken that night. I kept them. They never went to the vault."

Cassell: OK, that that …

Witness: And I sold them.

Cassell: And it's gone.

Witness: I sold them in North Carolina to a guy that don't even know who I am.

Cassell: OK, OK ... this conversation didn't even occur.

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