Director of 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force fired amid TBI investigation

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The 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force director has now been fired after a two-month leave of absence amid a TBI investigation into the seizure of drugs and money in an operation in Sequatchie County in 2020.

Cody Smith, director of the task force since 2017, had been placed on leave in early March as the probe by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began in connection with the seizure of drugs and money in a the 2020 search operation, according to 12th Judicial District Attorney General Mike Taylor.

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"The board of directors met on May 28 and voted to terminate his employment effective May 31," Taylor said this week.