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W.Va. drug lab may reopen next week

September 21, 2000

W.Va. drug lab may reopen next week



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A state drug testing lab that was shut down because of an FBI investigation may be reopened within a week, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Thursday.

Games-Neely said she received a memo from State Police Superintendent Gary Edgell, who explained that the lab would be temporarily taken over by four federal Drug Enforcement Agency personnel.

Edgell said in the memo that the lab could be reopened within "the next week or so," according to Games-Neely.

The FBI is investigating the lab because proper procedures may not have been followed in handling evidence. The lab has been closed pending an investigation, which has caused a major headache for law enforcement officials and prosecutors.

Games-Neely said the takeover of the lab by DEA agents will help because it means that future drug cases her department handles will not be delayed. But drug cases up to this point will be, she said.

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"We have courts clogged all over the place with drug cases," Games-Neely said Thursday.

Martinsburg attorney Kevin Mills said earlier in the week he will try to legally intervene in the investigation.

Mills, who is the state representative for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said he will file papers in court to be allowed the right to investigate the lab independent of any other investigation.

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