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… AND A CRIME LAB WITH A SERIOUS PROBLEM

So here is a list of 1,379 narcotics cases in which evidence – the vast majority of it being rocks of crack cocaine – were slated for destruction by the City of Columbia, S.C. crime lab.

And yes, the drugs were ultimately destroyed (via incineration).

What do we make of this list?  First of all, there’s enough rocks included to keep Tyrone Biggums high for maybe a day.  Maybe.

Beyond that, though, the list will figure prominently in the scandal that rocked the Columbia Police Department (CPD)’s crime lab last Friday – a scandal that broke exclusively here on FITS.

With a solicitor publicly questioning the crime lab’s handling of specific cases – and city leaders claiming to have been told nothing about the situation for months – some serious bad news is about to come down.

Oh, and it’s now impossible to reexamine these cases to determine if the evidence was – or wasn’t – properly handled.

Translation?  A lot of people currently sitting in jail are about to be set free …

And a lot of lawyers are about to make some serious cash.

“Each case is worth up to $300,000,” one source familiar with the situation tells FITS.  “More if someone can prove a cover-up.”

CITY OF COLUMBIA DRUG MEMO (.pdf)