Drug Cases Compromised by Cadet's Theft From Evidence Room
Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 07:04 PM EDT
Last week a Baltimore County police cadet was arrested on charges of stealing more than $100,000 worth of drugs and money from the department's evidence room. Detectives began investigating Nicholas Ishmael after evidence from a homicide case disappeared.
Now those missing drugs, being held as evidence, could mean the dismissal of other cases.
Baltimore attorney J. Wyndal Gordon represents several clients facing drug charges in Baltimore County.
"I want to know whether or not they have the drugs available or that evidence available to convict my client," Gordon said. "If they don't, it's going to create problems with the State's Attorney's Office."
Kenneth Johnson, 24, was convicted last spring but the trial of a second suspect has been postponed. As prosecutors build their case against Ishmael, some legal experts here in Baltimore believe that the fallout could extend well beyond just drug cases.
"I have 15 cases that this individual compromised in addition, at this point in time, we have four other cases where currency went missing," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said.
Ishmael is believed to have been involved in a series of at least 15 thefts from the Evidence Management Unit. Missing evidence including morphine, oxycodone, cocaine and Xanax, was later recovered at his mother's home, Ishmael's primary residence.