TBI arrests former district drug task force director
NASHVILLE – A former director of a district drug task force in Tennesee was arrested Tuesday on several charges--including theft.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested 58-year-old Steve Lee, the former director of the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force after the Henry County Grand Jury handed down indictments against him on Monday.
Lee, of McKenzie, Tenn., was the Drug Task Force Director at the time of the offenses and was charged with one count of theft, one count of official misconduct and one count of knowingly giving a false statement to an auditor. TBI began investigating allegations against the 24th Drug Task Force at the request of the District Attorney General after the state comptroller’s office discovered missing funds during an audit.
In March of this year, TBI received new information about illegal purchases of equipment and misuse of seized items by members of the Drug Task Force. The state comptroller’s division of county audit completed the audit and released its findings in August. The case is being handled by a special prosecutor.
Lee was booked into the Henry County Jail and posted a $10,000 bond.