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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Responding to a request for an interview to discuss the multiple grand jury indictments against former deputy Joseph LeBlanc, Sheriff Ed McMahon declined to go on camera but released this statement:

“In response to statements made in court yesterday regarding Joseph LeBlanc attending a drug rehabilitation facility, Sheriff McMahon stated; Neither I nor my staff have ever had any credible information that LeBlanc attended any drug rehabilitation center. Furthermore, LeBlanc was questioned by a staff member in March of 2013, in which he adamantly denied attending any drug rehabilitation. Prior to June 2013, LeBlanc never failed a drug test. He was given and passed random tests in 2011 and in 2012 in accordance with Sheriff’s Office drug policy.

“Finally, I would like to reiterate that our own internal safeguards brought this to my attention. I acted swiftly and decisively by contacting the D.A.’s Office and the S.B.I. as well as terminating LeBlanc’s employment.”

LeBlanc was indicted on more than 100 counts, including 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 Oxycodone and 43 counts of trafficking Oxycodone. He was also indicted for forging signatures from two judges more than 28 times to get drugs from the CVS Pharmacy at College and 17th.


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