A Florida Department of Law Enforcement chemist is under investigation for possibly compromising hundreds of drug cases.
Last week, FDLE, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney William Eddins’ Office in Pensacola began investigating missing prescription pills from the evidence room at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
The missing drugs had been replaced with over the counter medicine.
On Thursday, investigators determined each case with missing drugs had been analyzed by one chemist in FDLE’s Pensacola lab.
The chemist is now under criminal investigation and has been relieved of duty.
FDLE is reviewing nearly 2600 cases the chemist worked since he started investigating drug cases in 2006.
Those cases span 80 law enforcement agencies in 35 counties, including Leon County.
A Tallahassee Police spokesman says FDLE has informed TPD some of its cases may have been compromised.
On Monday, an FDLE team will be sent to the impacted agencies to inspect all evidence handled by the chemist to confirm potentially compromised cases.
FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey says it’s possible some drug convictions could be overturned.
The chemist’s name hasn’t been released because he hasn’t been charged yet.
Bailey says the chemist has hired an attorney.
News Release: FDLE Press Office
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey will hold a news conference Saturday regarding evidence tampering within FDLE’s Pensacola lab.
The news conference details are as follows:
- Date: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
- Time: 11 a.m. EST – 11:30 a.m. EST
- Location: FDLE Headquarters, 2331 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308
Doors open at 10 a.m.