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UPDATE: Grand jury indicts former New Hanover County deputy


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A former New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputy is in jail under a $500,000 bond after a grand jury indicted him Monday.

Jurors reviewed the results from an investigation conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation regarding the misconduct of Lt. Joey LeBlanc.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office fired LeBlanc after detectives from the Vice and Narcotics Unit noticed some irregularities with their assistant in command and reported them to the captain.

An internal investigation found LeBlanc violated the departments truthfulness, evidence procedures and drug policies. So, Leblanc was terminated in June.

In court Monday, New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said his office along with the New Hanover County judges recused themselves from the case because of a conflict of interest.

Visiting Judge Jenkins presided over the case and Assistant Attorney General Adren Harris worked the prosecution. Harris said 41-year-old LeBlanc had been stealing evidence from the county for two years.

He added that in one case, Leblanc forged signatures from two judges more than 28 times to get drugs from a local pharmacy.

According to the defense, the father of three was hurt several times while working for the Sheriff's Office and took opiate drugs to which he later became addicted. His attorney said LeBlanc's addiction forced him to check himself into a rehab center in California.

LeBlanc was indicted for 28 counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, four counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, four counts of embezzlement, four counts of altering, destroying, stealing evidence, four counts of obstruction of justice, 21 counts of misdemeanor possession of schedule II controlled substance, 28 counts of trafficking, four to 13 grams, 14 counts of trafficking, 14 to 27 grams, and one count of trafficking, 28 grams or more.

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Drug dealers and junkies are

Drug dealers and junkies are a fact of life everywhere. Dirty cops are, but shouldnt be Cops should be held to a higher standard. Hope they all get caught. Abuse of power and corruption by law enforcement is just plain wrong

More will follow

If for one minute anybody believes he did all this alone. You are sadly mistaken!
I knew this guy since he began at NHSD. He was corrupt to start with,and aligned himself with others just like himself.
It's sad to say it but the brass knew of it too.

Your absolute right, this is

Your absolute right, this is was to Sophisticated to be just one single person but i can almost guarantee he will be the only Schmuck to take the fall.


I'm curious about the LEGAL pharmaceutical scripts "stolen", from "suspects" that were investigated.. I'm sure there was at least ONE..

Under what circumstances...

would it require a judge's signature to get a prescription filled?

"He added that in one case, Leblanc forged signatures from two judges more than 28 times to get drugs from a local pharmacy."

for operations

When they needed drugs for sting operations they would need a judge to order it since the prescription wasn't for a person. A doctor writes a prescription for a person, not for LEO operations.



No problem

You are very welcome.

Long Road Ahead..

The only one's who will lose here are his children. Lt. I wish you and your family the best, and all anyone can do is pray that the Big Guy upstairs brings peace and comfort to these kids he will leave behind..

Stop the Drug War!

Stop the Drug War!


Pretty sad when you break the law with a badge. You deserve what you get.

I was stationed with him!!

I was stationed with this guy in the Army at Bragg in 92.
How did he get to be a cop? He got kicked out for smoking weed??