Thousands of hydrocodone pain pills have gone missing from the Shreveport Police Department's property room. The pills were part of more than 26,000 seized in a 2011 narcotics case.
"When we seize evidence like that, we mark it all, it's documented and stored in our property room," Public Information Officer Stg. Bill Goodin said.
Where the evidence is to remain safe until court proceedings, which didn't happen. Goodin says Police Chief Willie Shaw was told about discrepancies in the property room back in May. Shaw ordered an audit to look into the claims.
"And our auditors went over there, based on their investigation, determined that around 14,000, a little over 14,000 pills were missing," Goodin said.
A criminal investigation was promptly ordered.
"Once that criminal investigation is complete, then the administrative investigation will begin to determine what policy might have been violated there," Goodin said.
Goodin says this is the first time he's heard of such a case from his department and that officials are working with the FBI to find out what happened to those pain pills.
"It's a multi-agency effort, it's a collaborative effort, the criminal investigation is," Goodin said.
The investigation is still unfolding. Goodin says that the hydrocodone pills have a street value between $5 and $10 each.