Winnsboro residents speak out
POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 5:01pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 2:20pm
The Winnsboro Police Department is under a shadow.
The FBI is investigating the department amid accusations of planted drugs and highhanded tactics.
And today, we talked with an FBI witness.
Actually, we spoke with three people today in Winnsboro, but only one would go on camera.
Billy Ray Henson has had run ins with the Winnsboro police over the years, but he says there is a reason.
Henson claims the former chief, Gary Lile, was operating a meth operation on Henson’s land.
Lile later committed suicide after being fired from the Smith County Sheriff's Department.
And the discovery led to what Henson describes as years of harassment including accusations of sexual assault of his daughter.
But later in the day, we spoke with another Winnsboro resident, one who was interviewed by the FBI 3 months ago.
That concerned an incident late last year. He couldn’t go on camera, and I can’t repeat all the details he told me.
But, the Indications are, the FBI probe isn’t just about the drug bust in 2008 involving Jason Burrell that led to the city being sued and settling out of court.
The Feds seem to be examining several drug arrests by the department going back years.
And all the people we spoke with today kept mentioning two names…
Chief J.L. Miller, and Captain Rod Hashaway.
NOTE: An earlier version of this story identified the wrong former Chief of Police in Winnsboro. That has been corrected and we regret the error.