TBI: Wife of McMinn deputy stole drugs from cruiser

The wife of a McMinn County deputy is accused of stealing drugs from the safe of her husband's police vehicle.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Marquita Price, 29, of Niota, was indicted Tuesday by the McMinn County grand jury on one count of theft over $1,000, one count of possession of schedule I drug for resale and two counts of possession of a schedule II drug for resale. She was arrested and booked into the McMinn County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Investigators say the drugs were in safe in the trunk of the deputy's vehicle to be used as training tools for the K-9 program. On December 5, 2012, the deputy discovered that the safe had been tampered with and the drugs were missing. He reported the theft to his supervisors. The 10th Judicial District Attorney General and the McMinn County Sheriff requested a TBI investigation into the missing drugs in December of 2012.

TBI says they determined that sometime between October and December, Price took 20 grams of cocaine, nine grams of methamphetamine and 10 grams of heroin from evidence bags.


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