A Florida lab chemist, Joseph Graves was arrested for selling stolen drugs from police evidence, and replacing the drugs with over-the-counter medicine. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said he’s charged with grand theft, 9 counts of drug trafficking, and 12 counts of tampering with evidence.
Gerald Bailey, Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner said, “the actions of Joseph Graves are disgraceful.” Grave’s actions could even affect drug convictions in many Florida counties.
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Chief spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gretl Plessinger, said Graves worked 2,600 cases for 80 law enforcement agencies in 35 Florida counties, and 12 judicial circuits for over 8 years.
Investigators realized there were missing prescription pain pills from the Escambia County sheriff’s office evidence room. The prescription medication was switched with over-the-counter drugs.
Inspectors found each case with missing drugs was analyzed by Graves, so police opened a criminal investigation.
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