Springfield police evidence audit extended

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The narcotics evidence audit at the Springfield Police Department is taking longer than expected.

The 22News I-Team obtained the amended contract between the city of Springfield and Marcum, LLP.

The city has agreed to allow the auditor, Marcum, to extend their deadline from the end of August until the end of November. The city will also pay the auditor an additional $49,500 for a total of $169,500.

This stems from thousands of dollars missing from the police evidence locker.  It’s also led to drug charges being dismissed.

The city has already refunded at least $23,000 to people arrested on drug charges because the evidence money was missing and their cases were dropped.

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