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      AG's office will not proceed in HCPD investigation

      A letter from Assistant Deputy Attorney General W. Allen Myrick says the Attorney General's office will not proceed with an investigation into the Horry County Police Department.

      The letter addressed to State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel says claims made in the anonymous letter "lack prosecutorial merit."

      Horry County Council and the Horry County Legislative Delegation asked SLED to review the Horry County Police Department after an anonymous letter made nine allegations against the department.

      An internal review was completed by then County Administrator John Weaver, who dismissed all but one of the allegations that alleged "money and drugs which are confiscated often disappear from the evidence room."

      Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice stated in a press release Tuesday, "I appreciate the efforts of SLED and the Office of the Attorney General in completing the investigation. I'm thankful this issue is finally resolved. The men and women of the Horry County Police Department do a commendable job and put their lives on the line for us every day. I'm very grateful that this cloud that has been hanging over them has been lifted."