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Calif. cops asked to do basic testing in drug cases

The SFPD's drug-lab scandal has caused 180 narcotics cases to be dropped

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — The number of narcotics cases that San Francisco prosecutors have dropped since the Police Department's drug-lab scandal went public is up to 180, and the district attorney says more cases will be dismissed until the city's police officers can perform basic tests on seized evidence in lieu of the closed lab.

The Police Department closed the lab March 9 amid suspicions that a technician there had been skimming and using cocaine. Since then, prosecutors say, about 30 cases a day have been dropped because no one has been able to test the drugs.

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