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Utah County evidence tech accused of taking drugs being stored as evidence

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Brian William Smith

UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News)- A former evidence technician with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office is facing charges after officials say he took drugs from the evidence locker.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon with USCO said an employee first noticed the missing drugs on February 22.

After looking at surveillance video, investigators identified 38-year-old Brian William Smith as the culprit.

Smith resigned from his position on February 28th. Since then a full audit was conducted on all of the evidence. Before the audit started officials had already identified 17 cases where Smith didn’t follow proper procedures, Sgt. Cannon said.

Twelve more cases were identified after the audit.

All of the cases involved prescription medications.

“The Utah County Sheriff’s Office has evaluated its evidence processing procedures and taken actions to mitigate the risk of this kind of thing happening again,” Sgt. Cannon said.  Those actions include more surveillance cameras.

The cases with missing evidence are out of more than 34,000 total pieces of property being held in the Utah County Sheriff’s Office evidence facility. 

“Except for these twelve cases, and one case in 2013 where evidence was inadvertently destroyed, all other evidence in the facility was properly accounted for,” Sgt. Cannon said.

Criminal charges are expected to be filed against Smith through Utah County Attorney’s Office within the next few days including three class A misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and three class B misdemeanor counts of theft. 

 

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