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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Another Crime Lab Scandal

      Officials are investigating a crime lab chemist based in Pensacola, Florida, saying he allegedly swapped prescription drugs pain pills seized as evidence with over-the-counter medication. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesperson on February 1, 2014 said officials are now looking into 2,600 cases handled by the chemist since 2006.

     The investigation started when the State Attorney's Office and police asked for assistance into inquiries of missing prescription pills from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. They discovered the drugs had been replaced with the over-the-counter medication.

     FDLE teams will be deployed to all agencies impacted in order to inspect evidence handled by the chemist. Members will work to confirm cases that have been potentially compromised….No charges have been filed yet, but officials said they anticipate an arrest. The suspect has been removed from his job.

"Florida Reopens Drug Cases After Chemist Allegedly Caught Swapping Evidence," ABC News Radio, February 2, 2014

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