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Evidence Room Audits

New audits are shedding light on the status of the Asheville Police Department's evidence room.  They indicate some problems are still being found.  News 13's partners at Carolina Public Press obtained results from four recent audits, three of them done since the operation was put under new management six months ago.  One revealed 11 packets of drugs missing.  That's out of more than a thousand items checked in a random sampling.  It's all evidence from cases dating back between 2006 and 2010.  A single Hydrocodone pill was missing in one of the other three audits.  Several clerical mistakes were also noted.  Despite that, the new evidence manager, Tim Scapin, believes his changes are working.  They include a mandatory, two officer chain of custody for all items being turned in and more modern storage methods.  The next audit is in November, but there's also a surprise check that comes anytime before the end of the year.  The chief of police decides when that will be.   By Frank Kracher

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