FDLE starting statewide investigation into crime lab drug evidence handling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced Saturday that they are launching a statewide crime lab investigation based off of mishandling of prescription pain killers.

FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said that they have already started to review all cases that were processed by a certain chemist who worked out of the Pensacola Regional Crime Lab.

There were allegedly missing prescription pills missing from the evidence room at the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. The missing drugs had been swapped for over the counter medications.

The cases being reviewed that the chemist handled range from 2006 to present day. Special agent's are working on contacting local law enforcement leaders along with state attorneys to make sure all cases are handled properly.

The FDLE believes some cases could be affected from Hernando and Pasco counties.

Starting Monday FDLE teams will head out throughout the state to different impacted agencies to start inspecting all evidence handled by the suspect chemist.

The chemist worked close to 2,600 different cases for over 80 law enforcement agencies from 35 different counties across the state.


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