- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - A drug task force in southwestern New Mexico is facing scrutiny over the handling and storing of evidence by law enforcement officers.

The Silver City Sun-News reports (https://goo.gl/tNyDdo) that Sixth Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez says she is aware of possible irregularities surrounding the federally-funded Region VII High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Task Force.

Estevez says officials have been told of allegations of lack of internal controls and a lack of policies or procedures involving evidence.

Officials say some cases involved missing incident reports.

The Region VII Drug Task Force is made up of local law enforcement officers assigned to investigate and prosecute drug trafficking in Grant, Hidalgo and Luna Counties.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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