Former Deputy Admits to Evidence Tampering


It’s 20 years in prison for a former Leake County sheriff’s deputy who was arrested last year in an evidence tampering investigation that led to dozens of drug cases being dismissed.  Justin Moore admitted his guilt in court yesterday.  He had been indicted on 31 counts of evidence tampering over a two-year period.  The Mississippi Forensics Lab had raised questions about some of the drug evidence submissions that came from the sheriff’s office and conducted an internal investigation.  Sheriff Randy Atkinson says, when he was notified, he asked the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to get involved and do an audit of the sheriff’s department’s evidence vault confirming the source of the altered and tampered evidence.  Atkinson says steps have been taken to prevent something like this from happening again—including revising the department’s policy on the intake of  narcotics.  The sheriff says the case should serve as a warning to those involved in drugs in Leake County that nobody is above the law.

  1. Gladys TERRY
    Gladys TERRY
    September 6, 2023 at 11:46 AM

    It’s good to see these types of things getting handled.

  2. I Am My Brother's Keeper
    I Am My Brother's Keeper
    September 7, 2023 at 2:26 PM

    I am so glad t see that the sheriff did not try to cover up for his officers and actually did the right thing. My brother was one of the ones who was falsely arrested. He was leaving work and he was pulled over based on “bias” suspicion. Yes, he was already on papers, but he was trying to get his life on track and he kept saying he was innocent but even his PO said ” I told you if you got into any trouble you would serve time in jail.” Now my issue is, my brother had to serve six months in jail, he lost his job, and he missed out on raising his children (as he was already doing before this happened). He can’t get that time back from what he lost from his children nor did he get that job back, but I believe that his probation time should have been suspended and he should have been compensated or at least owed an apology after the case was dropped due to him being one of the victims of tampering with evidence.

    • Heather Shelton
      Heather Shelton
      September 13, 2023 at 11:37 PM

      I also was. One of the cases and I think we should have been giving our bond money and fine money back since our cases were throwed out for evidence being tampered with.


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