July 4, 2018
Police Chief Al Frederick said he met with officials from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Friday to discuss the inspection. "They have not done the inspection as of yet," Frederick said Tuesday.
Windsor police lost track of nine grams of cocaine seized as part of a 2013 investigation that included wire taps and multiple arrests. When one of the drug dealers went to trial earlier this year, police could not produce the cocaine they testified they had seized from him. The judge expressed concerns about the missing evidence, but convicted the man nonetheless.
When the Windsor Star broke the story about the judge's comments about the missing drugs, Frederick said he knew nothing about the case. But days later, when questioned publicly at a Police Services Board meeting, he said police had conducted an audit of the drug vault after discovering years earlier the drugs were missing. The audit showed nothing else was amiss, Frederick said, leading him to conclude the drugs must have been erroneously removed from the vault for destruction.
Frederick said he and Mayor Drew Dilkens, chairman of the Police Services Board, wrote to the ministry after that meeting and requested provincial inspectors audit the drug vault and review police practices related to the handling of evidence. "They have an inspection schedule," Frederick said, explaining the ministry routinely conducts audits of various police activities. "This was something special," he said of his request for an inspection of the drug vault.
Dilkens is said to be on a family vacation and could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The Windsor Star has filed a request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for documents related to the destruction of items and subsequent audits of the drug vault.