TAHLEQUAH – A longtime investigator for the District 27 drug task force has been terminated from the position, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Clint Johnson worked for the past 11 years as an investigator for the drug enforcement group. First Assistant District Attorney Donovan Dobbs declined to comment on the reason for Johnson’s dismissal.

“It’s a personnel issue, and we can’t make any further comment on it,” Dobbs said.

Johnson has appeared as a witness before the state’s multicounty grand jury during its probe of the way drug cases and property forfeitures are handled in District 27, which includes Cherokee, Adair, Wagoner and Sequoyah counties.

Several other members of District Attorney Richard L. Gray’s staff, including Gray himself, have also appeared before the panel. A probable issue before the grand jury concerns reports of missing evidence, including drugs and other items seized during raids.

Multicounty grand jury proceedings are confidential, and for that reason, it is unknown whether the investigation of Gray’s office is complete. State Auditor Jeff McMahan’s office has also been involved in an audit that has become part of the multicounty investigation. Attorney General Drew Edmondson, whose office advises the multicounty grand jury, has asked that the audit be placed on a fast track.

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