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Documents reveal extent of jail drug thefts

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Documents detailing a recently completed criminal probe that led to the firing of three employees at the Kootenai County Jail and disciplinary measures for eight other workers reveal lax controls over inmate medications.

The documents gave information on the probe that ended in March with no charges filed.

The investigation by the Idaho State Police found that inmate prescriptions were left on carts in a room with little security.

The investigation began after the county Sheriff's Office learned of allegations of missing inmate medication. 

"A lack of integrity and a lack of following the ideals as set forth in the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics will not be tolerated in our Department," said Sheriff Rocky Watson following an internal investigation.

The probe also found that pills left over after inmates were discharged or that inmates refused to take were put in a bin for disposal, and that thefts occurred from the bin.

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