- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors in Houston say thousands of items wrongly destroyed by a law enforcement officer ranged from digital scales to bullets to drug paraphernalia.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday released a list of some cases and evidence destroyed from January through mid-April, when the deputy constable was dismissed.

Officials say at least 100 criminal cases, mainly related to drugs, have been dismissed due to the destroyed evidence. The list also includes syringes, smoking devices, substances believed to be illegal drugs and clothing.

Prosecutors say now-fired Christopher Hess, formerly with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, destroyed evidence while cleaning out a crammed property room.

Federal agents are working with local authorities investigating the destruction of possibly up to more than 20,000 pieces of evidence.

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