A 14-month investigation into evidence tampering at the Boston Police Department’s central drug depository has found that drugs confiscated in nearly 1,000 cases over 16 years were stolen or improperly discarded, reports the Boston Globe. The FBI, local prosecutors, and Boston police have launched an investigation to determine who took the drugs. The drugs included cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and Oxycontin. The Oxycontin was often replaced with a substance similar to Tylenol or aspirin.
None of the drug cases in which evidence was missing is still open. New Police Commissioner Edward Davis is conducting an audit of all department units, including hiring and personnel. “We’re really going to shake the place out and make sure that every department is up to national standards,” Davis said. The audit examined 110,000 individual quantities or batches of drugs from more than 74,000 cases between 1990 and 2006.