Evidence Rooms in the News: March 2015

Here's a quick summary of some evidence rooms making headlines across the United States in March 2015.




Ex-FBI agent charged with evidence tampering, heroin theft

March 20, 2015 — A former FBI agent was charged in federal court Friday with 64 criminal offenses related to the theft of heroin seized as evidence in drug investigations the bureau conducted in the D.C. region. The investigation and charges brought against the agent have led federal prosecutors to dismiss criminal charges against 26 defendants and abandon at least five major drug investigations.

Sheriff's office evidence, cash missing, audit shows

March 20, 2015 — An Arkansas Legislative Joint Auditing Committee finding that more than $12,000 and three weapons are missing from a Lawrence County sheriff's office evidence room has spurred an Arkansas State Police investigation. The audit, conducted for fiscal 2013, reported that $12,544 was missing from the sheriff's office, along with three weapons.

Sheriff making changes to evidence room in light of audit

March 18, 2015 — A legislative audit showed that cash and guns were stolen from the Lawrence County (Ark.) Sheriff's Department in 2014. To correct that problem, the department has initiated new protocols for the evidence room.

Van Buren police to hold ribbon cutting for new station

March 19, 2015 — A new police headquarters in Van Buren, Ark. features a state-of-the-art evidence room with separate storage rooms for drugs, guns, or other contraband. In the old building, evidence was stored in a room the size of a closet.

Police department adds property manager

March 17, 2015 — The Mount Pleasant (Texas) Police Department recently received city council approval to fund a property manager position. The new position will assume duties currently fulfilled by a patrol lieutenant, records clerk, and administrative secretary.


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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.