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Drug & firearms violations, abuse of power allegations uncovered in Searcy PD chief investigation
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Drug & firearms violations, abuse of power allegations uncovered in Searcy PD chief investigation

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – On Tuesday, Jeremy Clark resigned as Searcy police chief amid an investigation being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

On Wednesday, officials with ATF shared the following information with THV11:

According to the press release, in March 2014 Arkansas State Police began investigating an arson that occurred on the 400 block of Pollard St. in Bradford, Ark. It is still an ongoing investigation.

A review of property records reportedly revealed that Clark was the owner of the residence. During the course of the investigation, ATF reports that agents uncovered evidence pertaining to possible violations of Federal firearms and controlled substance laws, as well as abuse of power allegations.

On Tuesday, Clark's home was searched by ATF after a warrant was issued. The search reportedly came after interviews with dozens of witnesses and information gathered over the past year.

According to ATF, the Clark's office at the Searcy Police Department was also searched.

Evidence obtained in the case will reportedly be presented to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor David Morris held a brief press conference, informing the media that Clark had resigned, effective immediately.

For more on this story, visit http://on.kthv.com/1M6sWeZ.

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