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Pair released in wake of 'Tarnished Badge' probe

Posted July 21, 2008

— Two people put behind bars by Robeson County deputies later convicted in a corruption investigation were released from prison last week.

In 1999, Mickey and Eugene Strickland went to prison on drug charges – Eugene Strickland received a life sentence – but a judge last week gave them credit for time served and released them.

The Stricklands were convicted based on testimony from Robeson County deputies who were later targeted in the federal "Operation Tarnished Badge" investigation.

Twenty-two law enforcement officers, including former Sheriff Glenn Maynor, were charged with offenses ranging from kidnapping and money laundering to burning houses during drug raids and misusing federal funds.

The Stricklands cooperated with federal investigators for Operation Tarnished Badge. Several other people went to prison with them also are having their cases reviewed for possible resentencing.


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  • RonnieR Jul 22, 2008

    Yeh, I remember Hatcher. He was dismissed as a "crazy" injun.

  • seankelly15 Jul 22, 2008

    This was a clear case of misuse of power and misuse of process.

  • Adelinthe Jul 22, 2008

    If their case was in any way tarnished by the corruption of LE, this might be called for. We can only trust that the judge reviewed the case thoroughly before deciding - because there is no checks and balances system for judges and they're not held accountable for their decisions should those they release then return to crime.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • RealityAddict Jul 22, 2008

    Robeson County LE has always had some type of corruption being publicized. I am sure there are good cops on the force which makes them no different than any other LE group, good and bad.

    Does anyone remember the two individuals that took some folks hostage at the Robeson Newspaper to bring a spotlight to LE corruption?

  • Crystal Ball Jul 21, 2008

    Believe me if you weren't bad before you went to jail you are very bad when you are released from jail.

  • teacher-mom Jul 21, 2008

    Wow! I do not know about this. What were they in prison for? If they are big time drug dealers, this might not be a good thing. They might deserve another trial, but to be released with time served might not be in the public's best interest.