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January 18, 2005

Thomasville- The action was taken following an audit of the unit's activities and procedures. The final report on the Drug Squad is in. And Thomas County Sheriff CarltonPowell says it found that several standard operating procedures were not being followed. "Consequently we felt that was a management problem and we felt the best way to handle that was to make a change."

That change involves former unit commander Guy Winklemann. "The commander has been relieved of his duties in the Drug Squad.", says Sheriff Powell. As the head of the drug squad, Winklemann was in charge of ensuring his agents followed procedure. When they didn't, the blame fell on him. "There was nothing illegal or improper. It was just not being done in the proper fashion. He has taken a position on patrol in the patrol division."

The Sheriff's Office will be conducting interviews in the coming days to find a new commander, looking inside, as well as outside the office. But Sheriff Powell says there's no rush. "At this time we're operating with the people we have. We've got good people. We think they'll do a good job. Sheriff Powell adds that there will be more audits in the future, but will not say when, to ensure their effectiveness.

A senior member of the Drug Squad is acting as the interim commander until a new one can be found. News 10 ran into Winklemann at the Sheriff's Office, but he declined an interview.

Posted at 6:00 by stephen.ryan@walb.com