Peoria County deputy charged with unlawful substance possession

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PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. — A Peoria County Sheriff’s Deputy was placed on administrative leave after he was indicted on drug charges.

Sheriff Brian Asbell said an indictment warrant was issued for deputy Adam King on Tuesday. King was charged with unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, a class 3 felony.

Asbell said he was placed on administrative leave by Asbell on Feb. 22, after a police report was filed with the Peoria Police Department regarding allegations of suspected criminal off-duty conduct. 

The Illinois State Police was requested by Asbell to conduct an investigation on allegations which resulted in King’s arrest on this warrant earlier Tuesday. After this warrant was issued against the deputy, he voluntarily surrendered himself for arrest and he was subsequently released from custody after posting bond.

King remains on administrative leave status, Asbell said, however, an internal investigation is on-going, that is separate from the criminal investigation. 

Asbell said he is unable to comment further on the situation since the investigation is ongoing. 

King has been a Sheriff’s Office employee since January 2017. 

His bond was set at $5,000. His next court date is scheduled for June 6.

In 2001 King was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

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