Corruption Probe

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Land at the center of Alabama's government corruption probe is now owned by Montgomery County.

Questions surrounding the state's plan to build two warehouses on the 256-acre site just north of downtown prompted a federal and state investigation into government corruption in 2001.

The ongoing investigation has resulted in convictions or guilty pleas by six people involved with the state warehouse project, including a member of former Governor Don Siegelman's Cabinet.

Montgomery County paid nearly $693,000 for the land.

County Administrator Donald Mims said the county plans to use the site to build a minimum-security community corrections facility in the near future, and later on, build a jail on the site.

Mims said the land's location was a major factor in the county's decision to buy it.