Williams pleads not guilty to stealing drugs
Suspended Marion police lieutenant charged with taking illegal substances from evidence locker
A Marion police lieutenant accused of stealing drugs from the department’s evidence room pled not guilty on Tuesday.
Detective Freddy Williams is he is facing several charges, including evidence tampering and drug possession.
In late 2018, under suspicion that someone was tampering with evidence and several seized controlled substances were missing, narcotics officers set up hidden cameras at the Marion Police Department.
According to a police affidavit, Williams was seen going into the evidence room more than a dozen times. He admitted to stealing marijuana and smoking it. In all nearly three dozen evidence crates were found to be missing drugs, including marijuana and a number of narcotics.
Williams has been with the Marion Police Department since 2000. According to the affidavit warrant, between Oct. 1, 2018, and Dec. 25, 2018, Williams is alleged to have entered the evidence room more than a dozen times and is seen on surveillance footage taking evidence from the rooom.
His pre-trial date is scheduled for Aug. 5.