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FDLE Chemist May Have Compromised Hundreds Of Drug Cases

FDLE Chemist May Have Compromised Hundreds Of Drug Cases

By: Andy Alcock  – Email | WCTV.Tv
Updated: Sat 12:42 PM, Feb 01, 2014

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.

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One Comment on “FDLE Chemist May Have Compromised Hundreds Of Drug Cases”

  1. george eady Says:

    hay how about going back to 1993 where the name on my gas stove nobs [an attempted.. mass murder weapon] was change to a 15 yr. old boy my step son.. to conceal the fact that the fire investigator . wiped the prints off him self .[all put one ] it belonged to the daughter of a sheriff office 911 super visor .this was all about trying to kill people ] .covered up] .but when it is about drugs .WOW it is a big thing. if you wont to fix the F.D.L.E .look for more than-drug missing .look at it all .

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