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      Drug task force member arrested for possession of drugs

      Steven L. Thompson

      Update on March 22 at 11:00a.m.:

      Charging documents allege Cole County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Thompson had been stealing money from the drug task force for nearly 2 years.

      Because it is an open investigation we only know that the amount of money stolen is between $500 and $25,000 which is the range for Class C felony stealing. The prosecutor said he could not disclose the exact amount.

      In addition, a grand jury says Thompson also stole hydrocodone that was being kept as evidence.

      Because Thompson worked with the Cole County prosecutor to put drug dealers behind bars, the investigation into Thompson was quickly turned over to the highway patrol and a prosecutor from another county to avoid a conflict of interest.

      We don't know how long Thompson had been under investigation, but we do know that he was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance on December 17th, and was promptly put on leave from the sheriff's department.

      KRCG talked with the Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson about what now happens to all the cases that Thompson investigated and if those cases are in danger of being overturned.

      Richardson said he will be reviewing the investigations on a case by case basis just like they would anytime a witness is charged with a crime.

      KRCG also spoke with Special Prosecutor Bob Parks from Franklin County who is now handling the case.

      He says Cole County Sheriff Greg White's office has been extremely cooperative.

      Thompson is out on bail, we stopped by his house for comment, nobody was home.

      Update on March 18 at 2:10 p.m.: Special Prosecutor Bob Parks confirmed Steven Thompson was a member of the MUSTANG Drug Task Force when the crimes occurred.The Cole County Sheriff's Department said Thompson bonded out of the jail on March 16 -- the same day his indictment came down. Bond was set at $10,000, but it was approved for Thompson to only pay 10 percent of the bond to be released.Original Story:A member of the MUSTANG drug task force was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday for felony possession of a controlled substance.According to a probable cause statement from Cole County, Steven L. Thompson, 31, of New Bloomfield, was indicted for one count of felony possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony stealing of a controlled substance and one count of felony stealing.The probable cause statement said Thompson was found with Diazepam on Dec. 17, 2010. Diazepam is a generic form of valium and is used to treat anxiety disorders.The court document also stated that on Dec. 9, 2010, Thompson took Hydrocodone, which was, at the time, in possession of the MUSTANG Drug Task Force. According to the state, Thompson took the drugs without the approval of the task force or the state.According to the statement, Thompson also took at least $500 between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 17, 2010 from the task force and the state of Missouri.Probable Cause Statement Page 1Probable Cause Statement Page 2