El Paso Drug Lab On Probation For Errors

El Paso – Authorities say the El Paso Police Department's drug lab has stopped doing tests after an accrediting agency found that technicians were insufficiently trained and procedural errors had been committed.

A review has been ordered of the 122 tests done over the past six months.

Until the lab and its technicians comply with the agency's requirements, the department will remain on probation. El Paso Chief of police Gregg Allen said Thursday they will meet the requirements by the Sept. 2 date set by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.

District attorney Jaime Esparza says that as far as he knows there were no misidentified substances in those cases. Still, he expects the probation status of the lab to become an issue while prosecuting the cases involved.

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