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Audit shows 63 drug packets may have been tampered with


La Crosse, WI

A newspaper's open records request led to the release of the report.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- We're getting a better picture of the scope of the evidence that may have been tampered with in the case against a former police lieutenant.

A report shows La Crosse police found more than 60 packages of illegal drugs and prescription pills that may have been tampered with in the evidence room. In it, a police captain wrote that during an audit of drugs stored in the evidence room, he found 63 packages containing heroin, meth, cocaine or prescription pills where the envelope or tape appeared to have been tampered with. Former Lt. Brian Thomson pleaded guilty to attempted possession of narcotic drugs without a prescription. Police arrested him in August. He resigned from the department. He admittedly stole and used meth from the evidence room at least three times last year.

Thomson's sentencing is scheduled for February 25.

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