FDLE Chemist Sentenced To Prison For Stealing Drugs

September 15, 2016

Joseph Graves, a former Florida Department of Law Enforcement chemist charged with racketeering and other offenses, has pleaded guilty today and has been sentenced to 15 years state prison.

The case was brought in 2014 after Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators discovered that drug evidence in cases worked by Graves had been removed and replaced with over-the-counter pills.

FDLE and the State Attorney’s Office conducted an extensive investigation in the case and found missing drug evidence in more than 90 cases worked by Graves.

The drug evidence had been seized in criminal cases and was submitted to the FDLE lab for testing by more than 15 different law enforcement agencies. The missing drugs included opiates and benzodiazepines, controlled substances subject to abuse.

Court records show that Graves was being prescribed the same type of drugs submitted to the FDLE lab for testing, but had been limited by doctors in the amount and number of drugs he could obtain.

Due to his position at the FDLE lab, Graves had access to drug evidence and authority to assign cases for testing. According to investigators, Graves assigned himself drug cases containing the same type of drugs he was using and removed some or all of the drugs from the cases after testing them.


3 Responses to “FDLE Chemist Sentenced To Prison For Stealing Drugs”

  1. DAVID HUIE GREEN on September 18th, 2016 8:15 pm

    You’d think he’d know how to make his own.
    Don’t do drugs, you mess up too many things as well as sometimes your life.

    David for the better way

  2. mick on September 16th, 2016 3:57 pm

    He’s a scumbag, he dishonors law enforcement, and used his position to abuse the public’s trust. He will either kick his habit in prison or solicit the scumbags already in prison to continue his abuse

  3. XD9RACER on September 15th, 2016 7:49 am

    He had a pretty good scheme going on but when he removed and swapped all of the good stuff from the evidence I would have to think that part of the defendant’s case had to be dismissed–with no hard evidence how can the state prosecute.The state lost all the way unless some falsification went on to support the state’s claim just to convince and trick the defendants. Mr. Graves thought he had it figured out thinking it was a fool proof scheme and could not be detected but lost in the end. GETERDONE.

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