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Jun 15, 2012 9:56 AM by AP

Toney charges search of home, car safe illegal

MONROE, La. (AP) - Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney has asked a federal judge to suppress any evidence the government obtained through a "warrantless and illegal search" of his vehicle, office and safe.

In a court document filed this week, Toney argues that the search was conducted by Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office employees, who had no right to conduct a search without a warrant.

The defense also contends that the searches were not valid employment-related searches but were allegedly orchestrated by the government as a way to obtain evidence.

The News-Star reports Toney and Maj. Michael Karl Davis are charged with one count of obstruction, accused of reformatting and installing a new operating system on a computer after Davis learned of the ongoing FBI investigation.

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