Tennessee’s 8th Judicial District drug task force under investigation, director on leave

JACKSBORO (WATE) – District Attorney General Jared Effler has requested an investigation into the 8th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force due to the alleged shortage and disposition of evidence and money.

Effler requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury look into the procedures and protocols of the task force.

During the investigation, task force director Melvin Bayless has been placed on administrative leave with pay. Steve Carson will serve as interim director.

The 8th Judicial District includes Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties.

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