LAMAR, S.C. — A police chief in South Carolina has been charged with taking evidence from a police locker.

The State Law Enforcement Division said Wednesday that Lamar Police Chief Jason Michael Chaney is also charged with filing a false report.

SLED warrants say Chaney removed two bottles containing hydrocodone and codeine in June and changed a report to cover the missing drugs.

Chaney is charged with two counts of theft of a controlled substance, two counts of misconduct in office and one count of filing a false report.

His attorney, Rose May Parham, said Chaney is innocent and looks forward to appearing in court.

Chaney is on leave from the police department. Lamar Mayor Randy Reynolds says he requested the SLED investigation.

Lamar is about 55 miles (90 kilometers) east of Columbia.

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