- Associated Press - Thursday, March 22, 2018

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office said it will not handle the case of a police officer accused of taking drug evidence because the office has identified conflicts with the investigation.

Officials decided Tuesday to send the case to another county, West Hawaii Today reported .

The state Department of the Attorney General will determine which county will prosecute the case.

The Hawaii Police Department released information last week that a former county officer was a person of interest after drugs were found missing from evidence. The initial investigation began in October 2017.

Authorities said cocaine recovered as evidence in 2014 was found to weigh less than reported during its initial recovery. The drugs were discovered missing when the evidence was being weighed in preparation to use a small amount for training.

The officer in question was immediately placed on administrative leave without pay. Audits of other evidence recovered by the officer revealed other cases where there was a weight discrepancy in marijuana concentrate.

The officer has since retired from the department.

The officer’s identity was not released and neither was the amount of drugs missing.


Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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