Senate schedules hearing on drug lab snafu

State lawmakers are set to hear about discrepancies involving drug evidence that sent to the state medical examiner's office for testing.

The state Senate Public Safety committee will receive a briefing about the situation from the leaders of Delaware's health and homeland security departments on April 30.

State troopers shuttered the medical examiner's controlled substances lab in February amid questions about missing or tainted evidence, and a criminal investigation into illegal activities at the lab is also underway.

Dr. Richard Callery, the chief medical examiner, is also the subject of an internal investigation stemming from troubles at the state drug lab.

State officials say at least 60 cases have been compromised by the discrepancies and investigators are auditing evidence.






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