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Made-up drug test results leave state searching for answers

Many factors can impact the outcome of a criminal drug charge in New Jersey. The quality of the defense and the evidence presented are two things that can make a difference. It is also possible that some extenuating circumstances involving fraudulent actions may come into play. This is exactly what New Jersey defendants today should be concerned about.

Recent reports indicate that a man who worked for the New Jersey State Police as a technician in a drug lab since 2005 essentially made up information about drug tests. The technician was witnessed on one occasion recording test results without first properly analyzing them. He was also reported to have taken too long to conduct any analysis. The concern has prompted authorities to remove him from his position. He is believed to have since officially retired.

Authorities are working to identify how to address the issue. Over the course of his tenure with at the Little Falls laboratory, the man worked on nearly 7,300 criminal drug cases. For those cases in which samples are still available, retests may be able to happen. However, there are some cases in which all evidence has since been destroyed. Prosecutors are expected to share information with defense teams about the involved cases. The bulk of the cases involve alleged crimes in Passaic, Essex, Morris, and Bergen counties.

People who have been arrested and charged with various drug crimes always deserve a proper defense free of fraudulent actions on the part of the justice system. Anyone facing a drug charge in New Jersey may wish to consult with an attorney.


Source:, “Lab tech allegedly faked result in drug case; 7,827 criminal cases now in question,” Justin Zaremba, March 2, 2016



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