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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Dropped drug charged linked to Minn. crime lab

  • After the lab shut down drug testing, the evidence was submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for re-testing.
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  • Prosecutors have dismissed a drug charge against a St. Paul woman after a re-test by the state crime lab found it was not illegal drugs.
    The troubled St. Paul police crime lab initially tested the evidence and found it was methamphetamine. After the lab shut down drug testing, the evidence was submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for re-testing.
    Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/Tqxvdk ) reports that out of the 97 cases re-tested by the BCA lab, this is the first that found a serious problem with the St. Paul lab's findings.
    The Ramsey County Attorney's office dismissed the charge Sept. 27.
    The St. Paul lab suspended drug testing in July after employees said they did not follow any written procedures. An independent review of the lab is under way.

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