Local I-Team: Southaven Man Claims Officer Altered Evidence

SOUTHAVEN, MS - A Southaven, Mississippi, man says a police officer altered evidence in an attempt to get him convicted on drug charges.

He says the case was dropped after he was able to prove it. The man's lawyer says state and federal officials are now investigating this case, though no one will confirm that.

We do know, however, the officer resigned last month after the case was dismissed.

"I feel like I have been wronged," said Russell Allen.

Allen blames former Southaven Police Officer Lance Sheppard. He says Sheppard altered the date pictures were taken in connection to a drug case against him. Allen says the pictures were taken April 8th, 2015, but claims they were altered to show they were taken two months later so they could be submitted as evidence.

"With today's technology he was able to change those dates because there is software and you can do that. Problem is you can't change the metadata and the metadata is like DNA to a picture that stamps it so you can tell when it was taken," said Allen.

The case had to do with a box of marijuana that was sent to Allen's business. Allen claims the pot was not his and says Officer Sheppard took pictures of images on Allen's phone without a search warrant. Those pictures were of a FedEx delivery notification.

Allen says the officer might have gotten away with it but Allen is a computer expert, figured it out and the case was dismissed.

"If it had been anyone else they would be going to prison. It could have been your mom, dad or friend," said Allen.

A spokesperson for the Southaven Police Department would only say Sheppard resigned last month and would not comment on the case. The spokesperson also said they were unaware of any local or federal investigations into the situation. We were unable to reach Sheppard for comment.


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