SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - More than 14,000 hydrocodone pills Shreveport Police had seized as evidence is missing. The department says the FBI is assisting it in a criminal investigation.
Supervisors with the department's Internal Affairs Bureau conducted an in-depth audit of the facility in May and discovered approximately 14,100 out of 26,336 hydrocodone pills that had been seized as evidence in a narcotics case were missing, police say.
Hydrocodone, a semi-synthetic opioid derived from either of two naturally occurring opiates, including codeine, is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Police Chief Willie Shaw ordered the criminal investigation after the internal audit revealed the missing pills. The audit itself was spawned by claims of discrepancies in the handling and storage of evidence at the department's property room, police say.
Says Shaw: "I hold each and every employee of our department to the highest standards and we are not going to tolerate actions that deviate from or operate outside of those policies that dictate how we should conduct our business."
A police supervisor assigned to the case, assisted by FBI agents, is continuing his investigation. That criminal inquiry will be followed by an administrative investigation of policies regarding the proper handling of evidence.