HAWTHORNE - New York State police are admitting that seized drugs and evidence have gone missing and are unaccounted for.
The Albany-based newspaper The Times-Union broke the story of how a stash of cocaine, marijuana and pills went missing in 2011 at the Troop K barracks in Hawthorne but was kept secret.
State police have responded by issuing a statement that reads in part, "We had some isolated cases in which evidence was not properly accounted for. A thorough internal investigation was conducted and full disclosure was made by the state police to the respective prosecutorial authorities." The statement goes on to say "...our audits are designed to identify weaknesses in the system and correct them. in this particular case the audit did exactly that."
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The Times-Union also claims none of the state troopers involved in the investigation have been brought up on any charges. However, the incident reportedly led to the early retirement of two senior investigators and the resignation of another trooper.
Two of the troopers have filed complaints with the human rights division and are now fighting for back pay, claiming they are innocent and were made to be scapegoats in a much bigger scandal.
The troopers, Seamus Lyons and Noel Nelson, are now being represented by attorney Terrence Dwyer. Dwyer says many others had access to the evidence room and could have stolen the missing drugs.