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2,600 Fla. Drug Cases Threatened by Evidence Theft

February 03, 2014  | 

The fate of thousands of Florida criminal cases are uncertain after Saturday's stunning revelation that a law-enforcement chemist allegedly stole pain pills for years from an evidence room in the Panhandle, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement chemist worked in Pensacola but was involved in nearly 3,000 cases across Florida, including an unknown number in Lake and Osceola counties, and a massive investigation could turn up more.

This is thought to be the first time such a widespread evidence-tampering situation has arisen at FDLE.

Tags: Crime Labs, Florida Department of LE


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Ima Leprechaun @ 2/3/2014 5:20 PM

Every case held in Evidence during that time period is now tainted not just the drug cases. There will be a lot of conviction cases thrown out over this one. Some people in prison will also have to be freed as well. Many law suits for improper imprisonment will make a quite a few convicts rich.

Lonewolf @ 2/5/2014 9:59 AM

Where else but America!?!
Do a crime, get room and board paid for by U.S.A. citizens - and the "system" that put them there in the first place, gets to pay for their boo-boo - AND the
criminal 'walks', gets richer, and his/her lawyers make a bundle too.
Cost of a tree and a rope?

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