Nassau County Crime Lab
When the drugs involved in Nwakanma Ochei’s case were sent to a new lab, authorities found less cocaine than the amount used to convict him.
The state inspector general has found systemic problems at the lab. A report last month found problems went largely undetected, were ignored, or were not properly addressed.
A report released by the state inspector general found that problems at the Nassau County crime lab went largely undetected, were ignored, or were not properly addressed.
The district attorney is calling for expanded retesting of drug evidence handled by the shuttered Nassau County Police Crime Lab to include misdemeanor drug cases as well as felonies.
Officials were told in a 2008 letter they had to “promptly” address violations at the Nassau County Police Crime lab. That’s more than two years before officials say they were notified of the problems.
Marc Gann, head of a committee examining problems at the Nassau County police crime lab, said marijuana which was to be used as evidence was potentially stolen while it was in FedEx’s custody.
Kathleen Rice’s office has sent letters to local and state inmates jailed in Nassau County for drug or drunken-driving convictions.
The entire Nassau County crime lab has been shut down during an investigation into a series of errors there.