The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating reviewing all cases processed by a chemist in FDLE’s Pensacola Regional Crime Laboratory following revelations that prescription pain pills went missing from the lab’s evidence room, and had been replaced by over-the-counter pills.
Cases being analyzed on behalf of police agencies in up to 35 counties may be affected (see the list of counties below). Flagler is not among those counties.
On Jan. 30, investigators determined that each case with missing drugs had been analyzed by one FDLE crime-lab chemist in its Pensacola lab. The FDLE Office of Executive Investigations has opened a criminal investigation and the chemist is on paid leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
The chemist worked nearly 2,600 cases for 80 law enforcement agencies spanning 35 counties and 12 judicial circuits.
FDLE is reviewing evidence from all cases handled by the chemist since 2006. FDLE is not releasing the identity of the chemist.
Each regional Special Agent in Charge is contacting local law enforcement leaders and state attorneys so that they may take appropriate action regarding pending cases.
Beginning Monday, FDLE teams will fan out across the state to agencies that may be affected by the suspected breach to inspect all evidence handled by the chemist and confirm cases potentially compromised, the FDLE said in a release Saturday.
The FDLE has not provided explanations as to how the breach could have taken place and what the state agency is doing to prevent a similar breach from happening again.
The list of 35 counties affected:
Santa Rosa County
Love your pictures, Flagler Live.
Steve Wolfe says
Love your comments, Genie.
Simply scintillating commentary as usual by Genie.
Who says we only use 8% of our total brain capacity?
That’s baloney. (bologna?)
Now this is exposed….but how many cases were prosecuted and people have served sentences that were possibly handled by the same? One cant help but wonder how many more are handling evidence that are in the same condition but just havent yet been exposed.
That takes “moonlighting” to a whole new level.
I wouldn t be looking at the chemist , Id be looking at cops that had access to evidence room , they walk in with a bottle of Tylenol , walk out with bottle of Lortab`s, they use them , or sell them on the streets` not like they don t know who to sell them to
Car 54 says
It not like on tv. Only a couple people have access to evidence rooms and there are tamper indicators available.
Raul Troche says
Son: Dad I’m thinking about getting into a life of crime.
Dad: government or private sector?