“It appears that these drugs were taken for personal use,” he said.
None of the stolen narcotics were evidence in pending cases.
Garrison is contracting with Eason Investigative Services, a private firm in Dawsonville, to conduct a full audit of items in the evidence room.
“I will not tolerate acts of misconduct within this agency,” Garrison said. “We will ensure these type cases are prosecuted to the fullest extent.”
Goettel, who has worked for the sheriff’s office for 17 years, was released Sunday morning from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on a $39,300 bond. He is currently on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.