Former Columbus County police chief arrested on 73 charges related to evidence tampering, drug trafficking

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Anthony Spivey in a photo from WECT

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – State authorities arrested a former North Carolina police chief Monday on more than 70 charges related to embezzlement, drug trafficking, and tampering with evidence, according to a news release.

William Anthony Spivey was arrested around 3:45 p.m. Monday. He was the former chief of the Chadbourn Police Department in Columbus County, according to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

The SBI began the investigation on March 2 at the request of District Attorney Jon David.

The 35-year-old was taken into custody without incident in Fair Bluff. He faces the following 73 charges:

  • 31 counts of felony alter, steal, or destroy evidence
  • 31 counts of felony embezzlement by public official
  • 4 counts of felony trafficking opiates by possession
  • 4 counts of felony trafficking opiates/opioids by transportation
  • 2 counts of obtaining controlled substance by prescription misrepresentation
  • 1 count of obtaining controlled substance by fraud

Spivey is being held at the Columbus County Detention Center on a $665,000 secured bond.

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