Former King County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested After Drugs Go Missing

From the King County Sheriff’s office:

As part of an ongoing and extensive investigation by the King County Sheriff’s Office (K.C.S.O.), United States Marshals today arrested former K.C.S.O. Deputy Kristopher Kizer.  Kizer was arrested in Lincoln County, Arkansas.  Based on information forwarded to the King County Prosecutor’s Office from the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for Kizer.   Sheriff’s Detectives are now in Arkansas as part of this continuing investigation.

Kizer, aged 30, was employed by K.C.S.O. from 2005 until he resigned in February of this year.  Kizer’s last assignment was as a narcotics K-9 handler.  K-9 Officers often use seized narcotics as a training aid, and upon his resignation, it was determined that narcotic training aids, including cocaine and methamphetamine, were missing and had not been returned.   Immediately upon becoming aware of the missing narcotics, K.C.S.O. Detectives began an investigation that resulted in today’s arrest.      

Chief Deputy Steve Strachan commented on this case, “We take our public trust very seriously, and we are aggressive about holding accountable anyone who violates that public trust.” 

Strachan added that the department is reviewing procedures in light of this incident.  Specifically, K.C.S.O. will review policies regarding approvals, removal, storage, and audits of narcotics from evidence for any reason.    

The Probable Cause Determination document is public, and contains facts about the case itself.  That document will be attached for review.