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Southampton police locate missing drug evidence

Southampton Town Hall is shown.

Southampton Town Hall is shown. Credit: Erin Geismar

Drugs missing from a Southampton Town Police evidence room have been located, Southampton Police Department Chief Robert Pearce said Wednesday.
The evidence was discovered in the past week “in a secure area, occasionally used for evidence,” Pearce said.

The evidence — including small plastic bags of crack, marijuana and prescription painkillers — had been discovered missing last week by Pearce, who was conducting an investigation into unsecured evidence in the street crimes unit. The now-disbanded drug force has been at the center of town police department turmoil.

Pearce said the evidence’s chain of custody had been preserved. “It was not compromised,” he said. “It appears that a computer entry was not made. Some people blew it up.”

Det. Kevin Gwinn, vice president of the Town Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said the drugs were found in a box in the detective’s supply room, which is rarely used for evidence.
He said he was surprised the drugs had been found there.

“The room is 9-by-9,” he said. “It would be difficult not to locate a box of its size.”

He said any investigation into the street crimes unit should come from outside the current administration, since Pearce and other brass had supervised the street crimes unit.


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