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August 17, 2008
MY TAX DOLLARS AT WORK: Drug Task Force falsely arrests 2 separate people:
Twice in the past 18 months, agents from the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force have moved to prosecute an innocent man or woman.
In both cases, agents mistakenly identified the accused as having sold drugs. In addition to what the wrongly accused have endured, the mistakes - along with the recent guilty plea of a task force agent who developed a drug habit and stole cash from suspects - have forced prosecutors to drop numerous charges against drug defendants in the district, which includes Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke and Grainger counties.
Attempts to interview the drug task force's director, Mack Smith, have been unsuccessful.