Attorney general Jeff Sessions announced Friday that he’s appointed an outside lawyer to handle the case of a former deputy sheriff who was arrested last month in an alleged drug bust.
Darryl M. Williams Jr., who worked as a deputy sheriff for 15 years in Riverside County, was arrested on charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy and failure to register as a sex offender, and was released from jail last month.
He will serve as an independent counsel to the district attorney, which oversees the district where the investigation occurred.
The attorney general said he wanted to appoint someone with a proven track record in this area and had been working with the U.S. attorney’s office to identify a suitable candidate.
He called the case a “complex” one, but said he felt it was the best choice.
The office of U.D. Davis and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the appointment.
Williams is the second former Riverside County deputy sheriff to have been appointed an independent prosecutor.
In January, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, Christine Hernández-Cabrera, recommended appointing an independent attorney to investigate allegations that a senior Mexican official and his family were involved in a massive drug ring that included drug trafficking.
The appointment of Williams, who is Hispanic, will be made through a special session of the California Legislature in March.