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Former sheriff's deputy accused of taking confiscated marijuana

Caleb Craft (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Caleb Craft (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Wendy Craft (Source: Williamson County Jail) Wendy Craft (Source: Williamson County Jail)

A former sheriff's deputy from the Williamson County Sheriff's Department was arrested Thursday after an investigation revealed that the officer allegedly confiscated cannabis evidence from task force seizures.

Caleb Craft, 27, is charged with theft over $500, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, and official misconduct.

Police say Craft's mother, Wendy Craft, was arrested.  She is charged with possession of cannabis between 30 to 500 grams, according to jail records.

The crimes were allegedly committed on Aug. 31.

According to court paperwork, Craft is accused of removing 120 grams of cannabis for his own personal use that he was supposed to deliver to the offices of the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group (SIEG).

Craft was a Williamson County sheriff's deputy who was assigned to the SIEG.

Craft was a deputy with Williamson County for three years.  Williamson County Bennie Vick says Craft was assigned to the SIEG for nearly the past year as an undercover narcotics agent.

Vick says Craft resigned from his deputy position with Williamson County Friday morning. He says Craft's resignation took effect Friday.

In August 2011, the SIEG gathered information about inappropriate conduct of an officer assigned to the SIEG.

It was alleged that the officer had unlawfully obtained cannabis evidence from a SIEG seizure earlier this year, and transferred the cannabis to a third party to sell.

The Illinois State Police and SIEG conducted an investigation into the allegations and arrest Craft

Craft was taken into custody without incident, police said.

"Illegal acts committed by police officers taint the image of law enforcement everywhere and violate the public's trust," said Captain Scott Rice, Illinois State Police Zone 7 Commander. "This investigation is a stern reminder that everyone will be held accountable under the law, even a police officer."

"It's never easy to arrest an officer of the law, and while these actions are egregious and contrary to the laws officers are sworn to uphold, it is not a representation of the thousands of police officers who risk their lives every day keeping our communities safe," said Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick.

David Fitts, the director of SIEG, says this is not indicative of all police officers and that everyone is held accountable, even police officers.

Craft's bond is set at $150,000.  His next court appearance is September 15.

Wendy Craft's bond was set at $5,000.

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