Ala. county facing backlog of 300 drug cases

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DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Court officials in one southeast Alabama county say they're starting the New Year with a backlog of more than 300 felony drug cases after a satellite crime lab was closed.

The Dothan Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/X74w0z ) the drug cases in Houston County are in limbo as prosecutors await lab results from the state Department of Forensic Sciences so they can take the cases before a grand jury.

District Attorney Doug Valeska says prosecutors were dealt "a major blow" by the 2011 closure of the satellite crime lab in Dothan. He says evidence now has to go to Montgomery for lab testing.

Houston County Circuit Clerk Carla Woodall says most drug cases awaiting forensic tests are no more than a year old.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com



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