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Deputy: Sheriff didn’t probe report of sources paid in drugs

August 22, 2019

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia sheriff is accused of not conducting an internal investigation into an allegation that a deputy was paying confidential informants with heroin.

The Exponent Telegram reports the allegation was detailed Wednesday in testimony during the trial of former Harrison County deputy Timothy Rock, who’s charged with conspiracy and falsifying accounts.

Former Chief Deputy Jeff McAtee testified that former Sheriff Albert Marano in 2016 instead said he wanted to wait and see if an informant filed a formal complaint. Rock was a deputy at the time in the department’s now-defunct Street Crimes and Drug unit, which was led by McAtee. It was disbanded shortly after Robert Matheny became sheriff in 2017.

Marano is now a county circuit clerk. He told the newspaper that he didn’t have a comment.

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Information from: The Exponent Telegram, http://www.theet.com

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