CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal prosecutors are investigating the handling of evidence in a Mingo County drug case linked to a corruption probe.
A former deputy, Dave Rockel, delivered a box of evidence, including some which could possibly have been used against George White, hours after a judge dismissed the charges against White on Monday, Mingo County Sheriff James Smith told the Charleston Daily Mail.
"I've been here for 14 years, and I've never seen nothing like that before," Smith told the newspaper.
"It shocked us when he came in. We just took it, I logged it in my evidence [locker] and I contacted the FBI, to see what they wanted to do with it," said Smith, who had fired Rockel last September.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby said the U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating.
"We've been informed of irregularities involving the handling of evidence in the George White case," Ruby told the newspaper.
A telephone listing for Rockel could not be found.
One of White's attorneys, David Barney, and Boone County prosecutor Keith Randolph said they don't think the evidence would have had an impact on White's case. Randolph served as special prosecutor for the case.