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Florence police employee accused of mishandling evidence

Laura Ezell (Source: Florence Police Department) Laura Ezell (Source: Florence Police Department)
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A Lauderdale County Grand Jury indicted a former city civilian employee for 118 counts of theft and 1 count of attempting to commit a controlled substance crime.  

Florence police chief tells us in November of 2016, the department received information regarding Florence Police Evidence Custodian Lauren Ezell, a civilian employee in the form of allegations centered around narcotics and mishandling of narcotics evidence. Due to the serious nature of the allegations,

Ezell was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay as the Huntsville Police Department began looking into the matter after Florence police asked for their help. Florence police requested that Huntsville police Department have two investigators come to Florence and conduct a full audit of evidence housed in the Florence Police evidence vault.  

Huntsville police Investigators were in Florence for several weeks and conducted an audit of nearly 9,000 pieces of evidence.  As a result of their findings, and as a result of Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department's criminal investigation, the case was presented last week to a Lauderdale County Grand Jury.  The grand jury returned an indictment against Lauren Ezell for 118 counts of theft and 1 count of attempting to commit a controlled substance crime.  

The investigation is still on-going and Ezell has submitted her resignation and is no longer an employee of the police department.  Her resignation did not impact the on-going criminal investigation. 

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