The gun stolen from the former North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Director was recovered in a drug bust.
In 2009, William Bailey said his state-issued handgun was stolen from his unlocked truck. Bailey said under pressure from the city, he was forced to retire.
The whereabouts of his gun were unknown until a drug-related arrest.
On November 14th, police were chasing Kashief Spain, 34, of Myrtle Beach when police say Spain threw a gun out of the window.
Police recovered Spain's gun and arrested him on drug and weapons charges.
The 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit commanding officer, Dean Bishop, said the gun matched another gun from a crime in Horry County in 2009.
The DEU turned the gun over to Horry County. Horry County police would not confirm the gun belonged to Bailey.
But in the stolen gun report filed by Bailey two years ago, and the November 14th DEU report involving Spain's arrest, the serial numbers for the gun's match, which means Spain was carrying Bailey's old gun.
In April last year, Bailey explained to a grievance committee that he was pressured into using the word "locked" when describing his truck instead of using the word "secure." The city said they demoted Bailey because he lied.
Bailey is still involved in a lawsuit against the city of North Myrtle Beach. He sued the city for defamation.
Spain is not believed to have stolen the gun because he was in jail at the time Bailey's gun was taken from his truck.
At this time, Bailey and his attorney, Kenneth Moss, could not be reached for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this article