Audit finds problems with Wilson Co. task forces

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A recent audit has found that improper safeguards led to missing money and drugs seized by two anti-crime task forces run by law enforcement officers in Wilson County.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI asked the comptroller's office to assist in an investigation related to cash, vehicles and other assets seized by the Joint Violent Crimes Task Force and the Safe Streets Task Force.

Among the findings was that some case files were incomplete or missing, including one involving bags of cocaine that were seized but couldn't be found.

The deputy assigned to head Wilson County's participation in the task forces pleaded guilty to obstruction of official proceeding and was sentenced to 18 years.

Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said better "internal controls" could have prevented the problems.

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