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Waco police supervisor placed on leave in review of drug cases

Waco police supervisor placed on leave in review of drug cases

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A Waco police drug unit supervisor was placed on administrative leave Wednesday, less than a week after an investigation was launched to determine whether a drug detective lied about the use of confidential informants.

Drug Enforcement Unit Cmdr. Clare Crook received a letter Wednesday informing her of the leave, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman said. Detective David Starr, a 26-year veteran of the department, was placed on leave last Thursday, the same day the department announced the investigations.

“We are just in the beginning stages of this, and we are going to look into everything thoroughly,” Stroman said.

Last week, Stroman said the department and the Texas Rangers would investigate a Waco police drug enforcement detective whose actions may have put the prosecution of a number of drug cases in jeopardy. Court documents identified Starr as the detective and indicated he may have lied about his use of confidential informants to obtain arrest and search warrants.

Stroman did not offer details about Crook’s leave but said she is a supervisor of the Drug Enforcement Unit. Crook has served more than 36 years with the Waco Police Department and served as the first female assistant chief.

Crook declined to comment Wednesday.

The actions regarding Crook and Starr come after the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office sent a letter to criminal defense attorneys in the county announcing the review of several drug cases. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said in the letter that inconsistencies in reports and affidavits from Starr in two cases led to the investigations.

Reyna did not return calls seeking comment on Crook’s connection to the review.

Stroman said it is too early to determine whether any other officers may be placed on suspension. He said the internal review remains ongoing.

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