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Internal audit finds drug, money evidence missing from Halifax police storage

Police say the audit found 90 per cent of the drug exhibits in one vault weren’t where they were supposed to be


 

HALIFAX – Police in Halifax say an internal audit of drug evidence revealed serious problems with record keeping and continuity.

The audit took place between June and November of 2015 after a Halifax Regional Police officer was charged with theft in connection with evidence from a drug investigation.

In a statement today, police say the audit found 90 per cent of the drug exhibits in one vault weren’t where they were supposed to be, while 55 per cent of the evidence in the money vault wasn’t where records indicated.

After a followup in May, 52 per cent of the drug exhibits in the original vault still couldn’t be found and 32 per cent of the money evidence was still missing.

Police say the audit also found that policy was not being followed, training for drug unit members needs to be standardized and the drug vaults need to be modernized.

Police say in a statement that no court cases have been affected due to evidence that couldn’t be located — and a top priority now is to find the missing or incorrectly logged evidence.


 
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