Detroit Chief Shakes Up Drug Enforcement Amid Evidence-Handling Problems


Amid an internal affairs investigation into problems at the Detroit Police Narcotics Section, Police Chief James Craig has made sweeping changes to the unit that oversees drug enforcement operations, reports the Detroit News. Craig ordered the internal investigation last week after an audit uncovered a significant amount of unprocessed drugs and other evidence scattered haphazardly throughout the west side facility that houses drugs and paraphernalia confiscated by police.

A source said large quantities of drugs that hadn't been logged were found inside desk drawers and lying out in the open, rather than being tagged and stored properly. Craig confirmed he has overhauled the Organized Crime Section, which is responsible for the Narcotics Section. Craig said, “I don't want to get into the details of that investigation because it's ongoing, but I will say I had some concerns over how the place was being managed, because we may not have been following proper policies and procedures.” The changes are part of a larger shake-up of the Police Department, one of several since Craig assumed command last year.

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