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3 Investigates: Evidence missing from SPD property room

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

More than a year ago, 14,000 prescription pills went missing from the Shreveport Police Department property room.

November 4, 2011, Shreveport Police responded to a home invasion at 4804 Long Street. Officers arrested two men Edward Clark and Robert Henry for the crime and confiscated 26,000 stolen prescription pills.

Investigators say their suspects stole the pills from Zachary Monsanto, who was also charged that night.

The man listed in the incident report as the homeowner, Zarico Wyandon, was picked up five days later.

A year and a half later- in June 2011- that bust would again make headlines.

"During the course of that audit, they found over 14,000 pills that were missing from a narcotics case that I believe the evidence was seized in the previous year," SPD Sgt. Bill Goodin says.

Goodin says an internal tip about missing evidence lead Chief Willie Shaw to order an audit. Internal Affairs found 14,100 out of the 26,336 hydrocodone pills were missing. With an estimated street value of $5 to $10 apiece, up to $141,000 in prescription pills were gone.

"We worked with agents with the FBI, our supervisors did, as they moved forward in the investigation," Goodin says. "They took at their finding and turned them over to the DA's office."

KTBS 3 News spoke multiple times to the FBI bureau in New Orleans about its role in the investigation.

During our first conversation, media contact Mary Beth Romig said the case was closed and no federal charges were filed.

On a second call for more information, Romig said she could not comment anymore and even backtracked. Romig said she may have misunderstood the Shreveport resident agent in charge of the case.

That means we are still left with questions but no answers from the FBI.

At this point, SPD says no officers were reprimanded, suspended or fired related to the missing pills.

"When it comes to personnel issues and administrative issues, it's not appropriate for us to discuss those. In other words, any kind of personnel issue, we'd have to refer to the city attorney's office. In general, we're not able to talk about those things."

"There are some aspects of it that are ongoing, therefore I cannot talk about particulars and cannot talk about that specific matter," Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott says.

Scott's office now has the findings of the investigation, but he does not comment on open cases.

Scott says even though the property room was comprised, his cases were not.

"I'm not aware of any adverse effects on any pending or any previous criminal case," Scott says.

When evidence goes through the property room, Scott says SPD takes records in more than one way with taking pill counts, photographs, and other measurements.

"The fact that there was 'X' there to begin with," Scott says. "Now there's 'X' minus 'Y' there. It really doesn't make any difference."

While the cases against Wyandon and Monsanto are still open, Robert Henry and Edward Clark are currently housing in the Louisiana Correctional System.

Henry pleaded guilty May 21 to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

His co-defendant, Clark,pleaded guilty June 10 to the same charges and received the same sentence.


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