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Man sues police agencies for $1.5 million over alleged pattern of mistakes; third suit against drug task force

Staff Report • Apr 6, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel an alleged pattern of mistakes by 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force agents is to blame for the ordeal of a Jefferson County man who has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against a slew of police agencies, according to court records.Although the criminal charges against him have been dismissed, Wayne Houston Welch claims that he's suffered emotional distress and worsened health problems as a result of the incident and the ensuing negative publicity.Welch is suing the task force as well as several of the local governments and police agencies that fund and staff it. The task force is comprised of officers pulled from agencies in Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson and Grainger counties.The task force is already facing at least two lawsuits from other people who were arrested for allegedly dealing drugs but whose charges were later dropped after problems were uncovered in the investigations.CLICK HERE for the full report.

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