Cases dismissed, unit reorganized after lieutenant fired

Cases dismissed, unit reorganized after lieutenant fired

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Joseph LeBlanc (Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Office) Joseph LeBlanc (Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Office)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – There is a change in leadership at the vice-narcotics unit for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office after the actions of one high-ranking officer led to an SBI investigation.

The change is a direct effect of the investigation into and the firing of Joseph LeBlanc, the former Assistant Division Commander, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Ed McMahon and District Attorney Ben David called on the SBI for an investigation into LeBlanc. McMahon also fired then Lt. LeBlanc.

The investigation into LeBlanc is complete and being reviewed by the Attorney General's special prosecutors, according to a spokesperson for the AG's office.

LeBlanc is being investigated for drug diversion.

Patrol Division Commander Captain D. Taft will be the new Vice and Narcotics Division Commander.  The current DC, Captain David Ciamillo, will be reassigned, according to Sgt. Jerry Brewer.

Brewer said LeBlanc was the officer to face disciplinary action, because an investigation cleared everyone else in the division.

The investigation into LeBlanc reaches beyond the sheriff's office. DA Ben David requested an outside prosecutor if necessary for the case because of LeBlanc's close working relationship with his office.

Tuesday, the DA's office confirmed the criminal drug cases against eight people have been dismissed because of LeBlanc's involvement in them.

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