Recently, Nassau County, New York lost two bags of marijuana. The bags of marijuana had been seized as evidence by police officers. Due to problems with Nassau County’s crime laboratory, the marijuana was being shipped to a laboratory in Pennsylvania for drug testing. The shipment was carried by Federal Express. Unfortunately, the marijuana never arrived in Pennsylvania. I wonder where it went?!
Nassau County Police to Transport Drugs to Pennsylvania
As a result of the lose of the marijuana shipped by Federal Express, Nassau County police will be using their own police officers to drive drug evidence to laboratories in Pennsylvania from this point forward. Thereafter, the drugs will be tested in Pennsylvania.
The round trip to Pennsylvania will take approximately eight hours. There will be extremely expensive transportation costs incurred by the citizens of Nassau County for the transporting of these drugs.
As of now, it costs Nassau County approximately $100,000 a month to ship drugs seized by police officers to Pennsylvania. It is a shame that Nassau County must send more than a million dollars a year to Pennsylvania for laboratory testing, instead of creating local jobs for qualified individuals to work in a well supervised crime laboratory.
The procedures for the transporting of drug evidence came at the recommendation of State Inspector General Ellen Biben. She is still in the process of investigating the negligence and mismanagement that caused the Nassau County Crime Lab to be closed.
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