From the News-Record:
ASHEVILLE (AP) — The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the disappearance of hundreds of doses of the prescription painkiller oxycodone at the Asheville Police Department.
The district attorney’s office says it is halting jury trials involving the police department for the next month while an audit of the department’s evidence room takes place.
Problems with evidence came to light last week when a prosecutor and defense attorney went to the property room and found that key evidence was missing in the case of drug suspect Terry Lee Land.
District Attorney Ron Moore says the audit will cover 2,200 pending court cases and help determine the extent of tampering in the evidence room. Asheville Police Chief Bill Hogan says his office is cooperating with the investigation.