FBI agents took traffic tickets, court documents and NFL betting sheets from the office of a former South Carolina sheriff indicted on a drug charge.
Authorities were looking for evidence that Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin took money to fix traffic tickets and have criminal charges dropped during the past four years, according to federal court papers filed Wednesday.
Melvin took thousands of dollars to get drug or other criminal charges dropped and hundreds of dollars to fix tickets for four people since 2006, according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent, who interviewed co-defendants in Melvin's drug case.
One of Melvin's co-defendants told investigators he occasionally paid $200 to $300 to stay on the sheriff's "payroll" along with three other people entangled in the case, according to court papers.
The FBI agents who searched the office Monday seized $500 in cash, traffic tickets, files on three different men, documents from a company called "E.J.'s Lawn Service" and betting sheets on NFL games.