MINEOLA, NY (AP / WCBS 880 / CBS 2) — New York officials have ordered the immediate shutdown of the drug chemistry section of the Nassau County crime lab.

District Attorney Kathleen Rice said the lab, which is currently under probation by a national accrediting agency, has produced a series of errors in its analysis of controlled substances. Nassau’s is currently the only crime lab in the country under probation.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports from Long Island

Rice announced earlier this week that six cases involving drug arrests for ecstasy and Ketamine may have been compromised.

She said the questionable lab tests make it impossible for prosecutors to proceed with trials against alleged drug dealers.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said Thursday that forensic analyses of narcotics will be conducted by an independent agency.

The county’s medical examiner’s office didn’t immediately return messages requesting comment.

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Comments (6)
  1. Thomas says:

    So, for all the newscasters who roll their eyes and make snide comments about lawyers when they report about a lawsuit or trial (unless of course it is their own), who do you think is on the front line of challenging the State when they slam dunk a conviction based on biased findings. As Shakespear said, “Let’s kill all the lawyer’s first”, which was said in the context of an enemy trying to take over a city and they realized that they couldn’t do it if the lawyer’s where there and spoke out about the injustice.

  2. Keith Porter says:

    I am coming to the end of my BSc Crime Scene Science degree here in the UK. I am more than willing to come over and help this Dept. out!!

  3. liwingnut says:

    Remind me…How much am I paying in police taxes for these guys ?

  4. Faith Howard says:

    I wonder how many more crime labs have made such mistakes? Hmmm leaves one to wonder???/

  5. Nick says:

    Fire all the idiots in Nassau and hire real techs.

  6. John Rinaldi says:

    Because in Nassau County you have the fox watching the chicken coup. One lies and the other swares to it.

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