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FDLE begins statewide review of crime lab drug evidence

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FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey made the announcement during a news conference on Saturday. FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey made the announcement during a news conference on Saturday.
TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLA) - Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey announced Saturday that his agency has begun a review of all cases processed by a chemist in FDLE's Pensacola Regional Crime Laboratory.

Last week, in conjunction with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and State Attorney William Eddins' Office, FDLE began an investigation into missing prescription pain pills from the evidence room at the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

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Investigators say the missing drugs had been replaced with over-the-counter medications.

On Thursday, it was determined that each case with missing drugs had been analyzed by one Pensacola chemist. FDLE Office of Executive Investigations has opened a criminal investigation and the chemist has been relieved of duty.

FDLE is reviewing evidence from all cases handled by this chemist between 2006 and present.

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 be deployed to impacted agencies to inspect all evidence handled by the chemist to confirm cases potentially compromised.

The chemist worked nearly 2,600 cases for 80 law enforcement agencies spanning 35 counties and 12 judicial circuits.

Among the counties affected in News Channel 8's viewing area are Pasco, Hernando, Charlotte, Highlands, Sumter and DeSoto.

The others are listed below:

- Alachua County.

- Bay County.

- Calhoun County.

- Collier County.

- Columbia County.

- Escambia County.

- Franklin County.

- Gadsden County.

- Glades County.

- Gulf County.

- Hamilton County.

- Hendry County.

- Holmes County.

- Jackson County.

- Lafayette County.

- Lake County.

- Lee County.

- Leon County.

- Madison County.

- Marion County.

- Monroe County.

- Okaloosa County.

- Osceola County.

- Santa Rosa County.

- Suwannee County.

- Taylor County.

- Wakulla County.

- Walton County.

- Washington County

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