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Police, district attorney review 3,000 narcotics cases in Colorado Springs

Filing discrepancies found; audit underway

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An internal audit has revealed a large number of narcotics cases were not consistently sent from the Colorado Springs Police Department to the El Paso County District Attorney's Office.

The cases come from the Metro Vice, Narcotics and and Intelligence Division, a regional drug task force consisting of CSPD, the El Paso and Teller county sheriff's offices, the Fountain Police Department and the Woodland Park Police Department.

In a release issued Wednesday night, CSPD said it found "discrepancies" last week in MVNI's case filing procedure. 

The filing process is commonly known as "discovery" in cases where a defendant faces criminal charges.

According to the release, the case filing process is now changed to prevent future discrepancies, and the information not provided the the district attorney's office is mostly administrative in nature.

However, to fully investigate the problem, CSPD and the DA's Office are reviewing all MVNI cases from 2013 through last week when the problem was discovered.

On Friday, CSPD said it and the DA's Office also will review 164,000 cases from all units to make certain there are no other issues.

CSPD said it will not comment further on the situation until the current audit is finished.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 tried to contact the DA's Office for comment, but had received no response as of early Friday afternoon.


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