Joseph Graves

In the coming months, there will be some major shifts in the way statewide crime lab currently operate. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is looking to make some procedural changes spurred on by the initial arrest of a former crime lab chemist in a supervisorial role, suspected of tampering with drug evidence.

What Led To The Changes?

Escambia County State Attorney's office

An investigation into a former state crime lab chemist is still ongoing, even after his rearrest Wednesday on additional charges. Joseph Graves is accused of stealing drug evidence and replacing it with over-the-counter medicine. But, the top prosecutor in the case says he doesn’t anticipate any new charges to be filed.

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Procedural changes are in store for Florida’s criminal justice system. State lawmakers must address the escapes of several felons who used forged court documents to secure their release. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also reviewing its crime lab operations, after the recent arrest of a former chemist suspected of tampering with drug evidence in multiple cases.

Escambia County Sheriffs Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a former Florida crime lab analyst is under arrest on charges that he stole and sold prescription pills seized as evidence in criminal cases.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced that Joseph Graves was arrested Tuesday. It comes a day after the chemist resigned from his job at a Pensacola lab that tests drug evidence.

Investigators say Graves replaced painkillers he was testing as evidence with non-prescription pills. He is charge with then selling the painkillers.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab chemist in Pensacola has resigned from his job after an investigation turned up evidence he may have stolen prescription drugs from hundreds of criminal cases.

On Monday, FDLE investigators began one of the department's largest investigations ever into Joseph Graves' activities.