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Report: Missing Drug Evidence Never Recovered From New York State Police Barracks

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A New York State Trooper guards Gilgo Beach on Long Island as authorities resume their search for bodies - Dec 5, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

New York State Police Cruiser (file/credit: Mike Xirinachs/WCBS 880)

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HAWTHORNE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Unanswered questions linger in the scandal of missing evidence involving illicit and prescription drugs at a New York State Police barracks in Hawthorne.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, what happened here at the State Police Troop K barracks in Hawthorne is still a bit of a mystery.

In 2011, some evidence went missing, including lost or stolen cocaine, prescription painkillers and marijuana, according to the Albany Times Union.

State police opened an intense two-year internal investigation but the drugs were never recovered.

In addition, no state police were charged and no supervisors were disciplined.

Some prosecutions might have been jeopardized as a result of the missing evidence, Adams reported.

The paper fought hard for the release of heavily redacted documents and received others from confidential sources.

The focus of the probe seemed to be senior investigator Robert Bennett who retired early at age 42.

The only person charged in connection with this case was his wife, a nurse, who was accused of forging painkiller prescriptions.

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