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Former N.C. police chief faces 73 criminal charges after issues with department's evidence locker discovered
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Former N.C. police chief faces 73 criminal charges after issues with department's evidence locker discovered

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CHADBOURN — The former chief of the Chadbourn Police Department has been arrested, according to a news release from the State Bureau of Investigation.

William Anthony Spivey faces 73 charges after an investigation into misconduct allegations. The investigation came at the request of District Attorney Jon David on March 2.

Spivey, 35, of Fair Bluff was arrested without incident about 3:45 p.m. Monday, according to the release. He was being held on $665,000 secured bail at the Columbus County Detention Center.

He was placed on paid administrative leave March 5 after David recommended that the town suspend him due to issues with the police department’s evidence locker.

Among the items reported missing from the evidence room were more than $32,000 in cash, two handguns and a rifle, 367 doses of Xanax and varying amounts of hydrocodone, Oxycontin and methadone, the Associated Press reported.

Arrest warrants indicate the offenses occurred between August 2018 and March 2021 and that the stolen evidence was relevant to criminal cases.

It was determined that Spivey failed to produce evidence in multiple cases and he later resigned from the job, according to Mayor Phillip Britt.

In a letter sent to Interim Town Manager Jerome Chestnut on March 4, David said that the town’s police department had “neglected to send any narcotics for chemical analysis to the State Crime Lab for a substantial period of time.”

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Spivey had served as police chief of Chadbourn since 2018. Lt. Ken Elliott was serving as interim police chief.

Spivey was charged with:

31 felony counts — alter, steal, or destroy evidence;

31 felony counts — embezzlement by public official;

4 felony counts — trafficking opiates by possession;

4 felony counts — trafficking opiates/opioids by transportation;

2 counts — obtaining controlled substance by prescription misrepresentation;

1 count — obtaining controlled substance by fraud

No additional information was available. Chadbourn is west of Wilmington, near the South Carolina state line.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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