A former Mobile County Sheriff’s Detective has been arrested for allegedly stealing drugs from investigations while on the job.
Clifton Wayne Holifield, a former detective with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, turned himself in to Metro Jail on 12 counts of second-degree theft of property.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, an internal investigation revealed Holifield unlawfully seized drugs during his investigations, though there was no evidence he had sold or distributed the drugs. The amounts were “relatively small” and did not involve any pending or active cases against suspects, they added.
On numerous occasions, investigators discovered Holifield had failed to submitted the controlled substances as evidence.
The internal investigation began in November 2014. Holifield resigned for his position shortly after the investigation began.
“When a member of this department violates the public trust, it is a tarnish to not only the reputation and traditions of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, but also to the hardworking men and women of law enforcement throughout our state,” stated Sheriff Sam Cochran.
“It is my commitment that swift action be taken against those who choose to violate their Oath of Office.”
Holifield has since been released from Metro Jail after turning himself in.
The sheriff’s office says actions and precautions have been taken to ensure this does not happen again in the future.