Sources: DE Tampering Cases Increase, Most In Kent And Sussex - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Sources: DE Tampering Cases Increase, Most In Kent And Sussex

Posted: Updated:

DOVER, Del. - New details are emerging in the drug-evidence tampering case in Delaware.

Last week, the Department of Justice confirmed at least 21 cases involved.

Sources tell WMDT at least 25 drug-related cases were tampered with at the Chief Medical Examiner's office, some dating back as far as 2011.

Of those cases, 19 reportedly happened in Sussex and Kent Counties.

Last week, superior court judge James Vaughn denied the state's request on a two-month hold on all drug-related cases. WMDT reached out to the Department of Justice:

"There were drug cases set for trial [on Tuesday]," read the statement. "We were prepared to request continuances of trial dates for cases that involved drug testing by the OCME."

The decision was not immediately available.

As for testing, Delaware State Police says testing is still discontinued at this time and the department "continues to work towards an alternative plan to provide this service in the interim as the investigation continues."

"Because of evidence being compromised, good arrests are being thrown out in part," defense attorney John Brady said. "I expect this to go into the hundreds and I think the next time they come up with another update we'll have more cases out there."

Some of these cases were reportedly thrown out before ever going to trial. In others, sources say the defendants pleaded guilty.

Brady says that those defense attorneys can file a motion to re-open those cases.

Also, we're told the DOJ is now notifying attorneys involved and other attorneys that have open drug-related cases to give them the opportunity to view the drug evidence to see if it has been compromised.

Last Friday, chief medical examiner Dr. Richard Callery was suspended with pay pending the completion of an internal human resources investigation, according to the Department of Health and Social Services.

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Thursday, June 26 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-06-26 11:57:18 GMT
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
  • Free Tuition Contest

    Free Tuition Contest

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless Sex Offenders

    Homeless Sex Offenders

    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
  • One Of Wicomico Co.'s Most Wanted Arrested In PA

    One Of Wicomico Co.'s Most Wanted Arrested In PA

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:21:36 GMT
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - A man Police in Wicomico County have been searching for, for three years, has been apprehended. The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says on July 23rd, an Officer from the Mt. JewettMore >>
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - A man Police in Wicomico County have been searching for, for three years, has been apprehended.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.