Prescription Drugs

Florida Crime Lab Chemist Resigns Amid Accusations of Stealing Evidence

Investigated for taking pills from hundreds of cases


A Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab chemist in Pensacola has resigned from his job after an investigation turned up evidence he may have stolen prescription drugs from hundreds of criminal cases.

On Monday, FDLE investigators began one of the department's largest investigations ever into Joseph Graves' activities.

Graves was placed on leave Friday, but only after a week's worth of suspicion that he'd lifted the pills from an evidence lockup in Northwest Florida. Still, he's not under arrest, no charges have been filed and he hasn't been interviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. So officials must search the state for clues.