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3 Investigates: SPD's new property room

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

A year and a half later, there are still questions about the evidence missing from the Shreveport Police Department. 14,000 hydrocodone pills are simply unaccounted for.

Edward Clark and Robert Henry- the two men behind the home invasion that landed more than 26,000 prescription pills in SPD's property room- are currently serving 15 years sentences for Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs.

Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott has cases open against Zarico Wyandon and Zachary Monsanto, the men who allegedly possessed the illegal pills stolen from 4808 Long Street on November 4, 2011.

But when it comes to the matter of who took the evidence- as much as $141,000 worth of pills- there are many questions and few answers.

SPD has said that no officers were reprimanded, suspended, or fired related to the missing pills.

When the department's Internal Affairs unit did an audit of the property room, they found only that one case had been compromised in any way.

 Conservative estimates show there are about 400,000 cases in the current property room. Even before the missing pills scandal, SPD says there was a need for more space and more security.

That is what they will get in the new property room that is currently under construction.

The Hope Street construction site- still little but dirt and machinery- will soon house the city's police property room and contain everything from firearms and murder weapons to clothing, furniture and appliances.

"This is not the typical warehouse for storage as you may think of it," says Assistant Chief Wayne Smith.

Smith says the current property room is too small, too old, and costs taxpayers $3,500 a month to lease.

Unlike the current space, the new building beside Shreveport's city jail and 911 center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so long as you have the correct clearance.

"The system automatically denies you access if it's beyond the time or someplace where you should be," Smith says. "[It] immediately alerts someone at the facility on duty that some unauthorized person is trying to gain access."

With evidence at the heart of any investigations, Smith says security is key.

The space will be equipped with better technology, newer video cameras, and surveillance monitors, as well as traditional security measures.

"That officer's going to be escorted at all time by the property room supervisors so there's dual control there at all times," says Sgt. Bill Goodin of the property room protocol.

"This facility as well as the current facility is probably as secure as Fort Knox," Smith says. "There would be nowhere you could come near the place and not be on camera or challenged."

The new property room will be about three times larger than the one the city leases.

Voters approved the property room's construction with a 2011 bond.

Authorities say it will take a couple of months to move all the evidence from the current property room, to the new space.
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