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Darrell Cox: IL Sheriff Seizes, Sells Guns…Bills Self for Repairs…

March 10, 2014   ·   3 Comments

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CHARLESTON, IL. (ECWd) –

By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Dozens of guns taken from crime scenes and accused criminals in Coles County have been sold or traded.

That much is clear.

ISN’T TALKING: Sheriff Darrell Cox won’t answer questions about seized guns, says it’s political.

But ask whether the sheriff had the power to make those deals, and things get murky.

A joint investigation by Illinois Watchdog and the Edgar County Watchdogs looked into the sale or trade of weapons seized by Coles County Sheriff Darrell Cox.

But Cox wouldn’t answer our questions.

Illinois Watchdog repeatedly reached out to Cox, who made it clear he would not comment on his department’s seizure policy, because he thinks the issue is political.

Cox is running for state representative in the 110th District.

Coles County Chief Deputy Kerry Whitley hung up when Illinois Watchdog tried to clarify the dates surrounding the seized and sold weapons.

“This is all political,” Whitley said in a brief phone call Monday. “We don’t discuss politics.”

But there’s more to the story.

Information uncovered through Freedom of Information requests show that, on Aug. 20, 2012, the Coles County Sheriff’s Office traded 11 pistols, shotguns and rifles to Kaskaskia Firearms for two AR-15 rifles.

Records also show the sale of 37 other guns, but there is no data to indicate…(CONTINUE READING HERE)

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. kevin calvin says:

    Gee imagine that. All this from the same man that as a deputy almost lost his job by calling in sick right before his shift……..from a bar in ashmore. Goes to show what kind of decision making skills he has.

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  2. AtreatforDawatchdoggie! says:

    And this clown wants our votes? ? ?? ? I can’t take him or his department seriously. This state is sure full of its fair share of crooks in high places. Its one reason I’m moving over to Indiana as fast as I can. The other reason for moving is lower taxes over there.

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  3. Ricky McLemore says:

    Wonder if its like fast and furious from Obama…if any of these guns will end up used in crimes? Will anyone care then? This so called sheriff seems more about being a law unto himself than enforcing the laws of the state. He’ll make a perfect state rep. Oh, in addition to voting against this scum bucket…I’m not voting for the board chairman either. I’m sick of the corruption of these dirt bags.

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