Halifax police evidence, including nearly $5,000 in cash, still unaccounted for

Halifax police believe 32 drug exhibits were
destroyed and six cash exhibits were deposited into a police bank account, but they're unable to prove that theory.

Enter Article DATE HERE

Metro file By: Zane Woodford Metro Published on Fri Feb 24 2017 Halifax Regional Police have located 34 of 72 exhibits that were missing from their evidence storage, but the remaining 38 – including nearly $5,000 in cash – are still unaccounted for. 

Chief Jean-Michel Blais will present a report to the municipality's Board of Police Commissioners on Monday updating the force's progress on finding the missing items from the Drug Exhibit Audit released last year. That audit was conducted between June and November 2015 after an officer was accused of stealing from an evidence vault. 

Police originally found 90 per cent of the drug exhibits in one vault were unaccounted for, and 55 per cent of the evidence in the money vault wasn't where it was supposed to be. 

The audit was released publicly last year, and by that time 74 of 507 exhibits in a sample audit were still missing. A secondary review report coming to the board on Monday says two of those items had already been found, dropping the number to 72. A team of investigators was then able to locate 34 exhibits – meaning they were either found somewhere or destroyed with proper documentation. The remaining 38 could not be found. The team believes 32 of them – drugs, paraphernalia and miscellaneous items – were destroyed, and six cash exhibits were deposited into a police bank account, but it was unable to prove that theory. T

he team believes the drugs – including about 85 grams of marijuana, some crack cocaine and ecstasy – and miscellaneous items – including a burnt cigar and a birth certificate – were destroyed "without ministerial authorization" or in a batch with other items and not documented. 

The six cash exhibits, totalling $4,956, could have been deposited into a police bank account, much of it in a large batch without proper documentation and the remainder in another deposit, but the team "could not determine any of this conclusively due to insufficient documentation." The team "found no evidence to suggest exhibits were misappropriated, however, this conclusion is not definitive," the report said. 

Blais' presentation will also update the board on the force's progress in implementing 34 recommendations from the Drug Exhibit Audit – 23 of which are complete and 11 in progress. The board and regional council also approved a new position for the police as part of their 2017 budget, a new evidence custodian, which police say will help complete those recommendations.

Rate this blog entry:
South Amboy Detective Stole Cash From the Evidence...
Sunland Park city manager says audit reveals issue...

Related Posts

Blotter - Latest News

News By Region


work wrongly convicted stealing funs trial sheriffs department state chips stolen guns tampered evidence urn state prison Signed Out Evidence withholding evidence stolen OxyContin Trial at Riak Washington State Patrol crime lab thieving evidence room cop tampered drugs stealing drugs untested rape kits State trooper accused sexual assault task force trooper accused technician arrested theft of money Suicide trooper sentenced stored evidence woochy poochy untested rape kit unaccounted drugs strange evidence unwanted medications unsolved murder stolen marijuana stealing money trooper arrested tampering with public record side door Thursday.Charles Holifield stolen gun stolen meth tampered envelopes stolen money tampering with evidence threw away evidence Sexual assault kit untested sexual assault evidence Storage stealing pistols sting operation storage practices state government Vancouver BC tapes edited Standards Williams steal evidnece shelves UNTESTED RAPE KITS stole evidence Transient property unscientific protocols untestted sexual assault kits tape Untested rape kits taking marijuana Sheriff pleads guilty St South Dakota Highway Patrolman vault of contraband STEALING DRUG MONEY Untested rape kit Sheriff Arrested Stolen pills stolne guns temporary locker stealing cash Texas Forensic Science Commission sheriff arrested State Agency Evidence Jobs stealing bills stolen cocaine tampering with police records sheriff untest rape kit steal money Theft stolen jewelry with holding evidence stored as evidence Wrongful conviction Tulare Police stealing drug evidence Wattier statute of limitations West Coast sheriffs employee gets jail theft conviction storage bunker stealing cocaine stolen evidence state Division Untested Sexual Kits skunky aroma wafted STOLEN CASH unaccouted guns Wichita Police Department took heroin unit years of neglect untestes rape kits untested sexual kit Untest rape kits stolen gons Thursday undersheriff stealing gungs stealing narcotics stolen drug from evidence Year taking heroin State/Province stealing guns snakes Wrongful Conviction stolen cannabis stolen ammunition sexual assault kits steal drugs stolen methamphetamine stealing heroin valuable stones theft of drugs WRONGFUL CONVICTION stealing drug Sexual assault Survivors Bill of Rights testing guns wrongful conviction sexual assault kit untested evidence kits Via URL Browse Media Upload stolen cash theft of evidence stealing evidence show sloppy evidence control stolen drugs towing scandal United Kingdom week Ventura County sheriff

Search IAPE

  • All
  • Best Practices
  • DEA
  • Drugs
  • Default
  • Title