INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An internal investigation is underway after a large amount of cocaine disappeared from an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police property room, I-Team 8 confirmed Tuesday.
An IMPD spokesman said the drug, which weighed around 1 kilogram, may have been “inadvertently destroyed.” Experts say 1kg of cocaine has a street value in Indiana of between $20,000 and $30,000, depending on its grade.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry’s office said the cocaine was evidence in a felony drug case against Marlan Long, who was convicted last week in Marion Superior Court on a felony conspiracy to commit dealing in cocaine charge. Long is scheduled to be sentenced on that conviction next month, and it’s unclear what impact the evidence destruction might have on the case.
“Currently our office is in the process of determining what impact, if any, the destruction of this evidence has on our pending cases,” Curry said. “Our deputy prosecutors were still able to secure a jury conviction in a drug case last week where evidence was unavailable because it had been destroyed. We are confident that Director (Troy) Riggs and Chief (Rick) Hite will address the issue.”
This isn’t the first time IMPD’s property division has been embroiled in controversy over evidence handling. An internal report found critical blood evidence was mishandled in the case against former IMPD officer David Bisard. Outdated and un-followed property room guidelines were cited in the report.
Both Curry’s office and IMPD’s Professional Standard’s Division are now investigating to determine who may have authorized the evidence to be destroyed.