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Ex-sheriff, deputy charged with stealing drug-buy money

Posted March 12, 2010

A former Carteret County sheriff and a deputy have been charged in connection with the theft of money used for undercover drug buys, federal authorities said.

Ralph Thomas, 60, of Beaufort, and Christopher Cozart, 35, of Morehead City, were charged Monday with criminal conspiracy.

Thomas was sheriff of Carteret County from 1986 to 2006, while Cozart was a detective in the drug unit from 2002 to 2007.

Federal authorities allege that they took at least $5,000 from the fund that deputies used to buy for drugs during undercover investigations. The alleged thefts occurred between 1997 and 2006, authorities said.

They used checks drawn on official accounts maintained by the sheriff’s office and kept portions of the cash for their own personal use, authorities said.

“It is inappropriate for elected officials and those in positions of public trust to use funds for their own personal gain. This is a breach of the public trust," U.S. Attorney George Holding said in a statement.

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  • working for deadbeats Mar 12, 2010

    I've said it before, let all law enforcement in the country take a week off. Fend for yourselves and the cops can pick up the pieces on the following Monday. Anything that happens during that week would never be investigated. None of you would leave the house! I could use a vacation anyway.

  • wildcat Mar 12, 2010

    Thank you Captain Obvious!!

    Honey, you are very welcomed.

  • thepeopleschamp Mar 12, 2010

    "That is what matter. Oh, thanks." wildcat

    "This is what matter?" Really? What does that even mean? It makes no sense at all.

  • working for deadbeats Mar 12, 2010

    "NO POLICE OFFICER IS EVER ABOVE THE LAW. THE LAW IS FOR ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS!"

    Thank you Captain Obvious!!

  • wildcat Mar 12, 2010

    HE SHOULD GET HELP FOR HIS ILLEGAL DRUG USE.

  • 6079 SMITH W Mar 12, 2010

    Looks like Sgt. Stadanko has finally morphed into an iguana.........seriously, why couldn't they buy smoke with their OWN money?

  • wildcat Mar 12, 2010

    NO POLICE OFFICER IS EVER ABOVE THE LAW. THE LAW IS FOR ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS!

  • wildcat Mar 12, 2010

    I do not need them to try and protect me
    Tater Salad Returns

    Very good comment and I totally agree with you.

  • wildcat Mar 12, 2010

    not just the ones charged.

    Whatever! You read my comment and understood. That is what matter. Oh, thanks.

  • working for deadbeats Mar 12, 2010

    "you dont need sources on GOLO "thatsgreat"....this isnt a news platform it is a section to post thoughts and comments.
    I to would like to comment that my thought is this happenes much more than we think, but I hope my thoughts are not true." WTVD

    Stop watching fake cop shows on TV and you won't think that so much.

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