DA shared concern for Chadbourn PD evidence locker; recommended chief’s suspension

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CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — District Attorney Jon David recommended that Chadbourn Police Chief Anthony Spivey be suspended following concern for the integrity of the evidence locker at the police department.

In the letter hand-delivered by David to the Interim Town Manager Jerome Chestnut on March 4, the district attorney outlines a series of events that took place from Friday, February 26 to Thursday, March 4 that sparked his concern.

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While the letter shared by the town contains redacted names, David confirms the letter was in regard to Anthony Spivey.

David wrote that the police department had failed to send narcotics to the State Crime Lab for a “substantial period of time” and that Spivey’s “inability to follow through with the request to submit narcotics for testing has resulted in the dismissal of a number of felony drug cases.”

In a phone call with WWAY on Tuesday, David confirmed the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating and shared the following statement.

“I want to reassure the community that a comprehensive SBI investigation is already well underway. I applaud the leaders of the Town of Chadbourn for acting quickly and decisively to suspend Chief Spivey. In making this decision, we were able to secure full control of the evidence room and prevent further harm from occurring. The SBI is in the process of taking a complete inventory of the evidence room and conducting other important investigative tasks. My office is evaluating the impact of any evidentiary issues with respect to pending criminal cases.”

Spivey was put on administrative leave on March 5.