In the meantime, the lab will continue to farm out drug cases for
testing to regional labs to the tune of 25 cases a day, costing $75 to
$125 a pop. While Gascon said the lab has started the application process
for new lab techs, he says the lab will continue, once it re-opens, to send out any cases that would work the lab techs beyond the industry average.
Gascon blazed into the press conference with a new-sheriff-in-town conviction to change the situation. "This is a problem that started with the San Francisco Police
Department," he said. "I was brought here to fix many of the perceived problems of
the San Francisco Police Department. It will be fixed by the San
Francisco Police Department along with the help of others."
We culled through the nine-page report for some of the juicier bits:
samples are delivered by couriers to the drug lab, bar-coded in, and
then placed in an "unsecured cardboard box" on the floor. Not exactly
safe there, we're guessing.
access to any other analyst's short-term drug evidence storage locker,
remove drug cases and assign themselves a controlled substance case when
the evidence is shown to be in another analyst's possession."
keys to the analysts' short-term drug evidence storage locker were
accessible to all analysts at all times." (The report said this practice
was changed this month.)
cases processed by each worker each year.
secure central storage area or cabinet rather than the ol' box on the
floor for incoming and outgoing drug evidence.
one's initials across the seal to protect it from tampering.
drug evidence (the drugs themselves) vs. the gross weight (the drugs
plus the packaging they're in).
general will be auditing other parts of the lab in mid April. More juicy quotes to come.