Undersheriff Accused of Tipping Off Suspect in Large Marijuana Shipment
An undersheriff in Illinois is accused of tipping off a business owner about a DEA investigation into the shipment of more than 60,000 pounds of marijuana, the Daily Herald reports.
A sergeant at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office leveled the accusations against Undersheriff Andrew Zinke, who is running for sheriff in 2014, the Herald reported.
Zinke dismissed the complaint as false.
“The complaint against me is not only erroneous and without merit, it also puts DEA officers in jeopardy during their ongoing investigation of narcotic trafficking,” Zinke said in a prepared statement earlier this week, the Herald reported. “Our office has fully cooperated with the DEA’s office for several years and will continue to do so.”
Zinke, who has not been charged with wrongdoing, declined to comment further.
A judge next week may decide whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate.
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