Thursday, July 22, 2010
Hendry Sheriff Removes "Drug" Trailer
Drug Evidence Trailer Removed From Sheriff's Office
LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry Sheriff Steve Whidden moved a large semi-trailer from the Sheriff's office to the Sheriff's Gun Range after disposing of many years of no longer needed drug-related criminal evidence.
Chief Deputy Kevin Nelson said this trailer was seized from a marijuana grow house operation in 2006 and former Sheriff Ronnie Lee decided to use it for evidence storage.
When Sheriff Whidden came into office on January 5, 2009, the trailer contained evidence for over forty criminal cases. These court cases were primarily drug related, some containing 10-12 pieces of related evidence. These cases were already disposed of in court but still required complete inventory, recording, weighing and then court ordered destruction.
The process took Sheriff Whidden's office one and one-half years to complete.
The drug contraband was taken to the Lee County incinerator for disposal. The empty trailer has been relocated to the Sheriff's gun range where it will be used for non-drug related storage.