A former King County sheriff's deputy assigned to a drug task force as a K9 handler has been charged with theft in connection with the loss of some narcotics training aids, including cocaine and methamphetamine.
U.S. marshals arrested Kristopher Kizer, 30, on Wednesday in Lincoln County, Ark., King County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Rodney Chinnick said. He is to be arraigned Tuesday in King County Superior Court on a charge of first-degree theft.
According to court documents, Kizer requisitioned a variety of drugs from the Eastside Narcotics Task Force, Bellevue police and the Sheriff’s Office’s property-management facility.
Drugs are routinely used to train K9 officers, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
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The value of the drugs belonging to the Sheriff’s Office exceeded $5,000 and included Ecstasy pills, heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine, according to the charging papers.
Kizer was hired as a deputy in September 2009. He transferred to the narcotics task force at the Bellevue Police Department in October 2009 and left the task force in October 2010. He resigned Feb. 4 and had been living in Milton.
The Sheriff’s Office is reviewing its procedures and policies regarding approvals, removal, storage and audits of narcotics taken from evidence for any reason, Chief Deputy Steve Strachan said.