Back on the streets: Crime lab scandal frees suspects 

Some details of the cases that were dismissed or discharged Tuesday due to the shutdown of the San Francisco Police Department crime lab’s controlled substance testing unit.

Case from lab tech’s last day tossed: A man was stopped by police Dec. 7 for riding his bike on the sidewalk at Market and Sixth streets. Officers found 0.85 grams of cocaine and a pipe on him. The drugs were tested by Deborah Madden on her last day at the lab.

Mouthful of drugs dismissed: Police spotted a woman selling what appeared to be crack cocaine at 114 Turk St. on April 24. She had five crack cocaine rocks in her mouth and $228 in cash. She was charged with possession and intent to sell.

Hotel drug stash case bounces: Officers executed an arrest warrant Jan. 21 at a room at the Parc 55 Hotel and recovered crack cocaine, powder cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, methadone, Valium and marijuana. Two men were charged.

Crack-dealing case tossed: Officers observed a man selling crack in the Tenderloin on July 17. Police arrested the man. He was charged with possessing crack cocaine for sale (0.78 grams), which was tested by Madden.

Bust from close call dismissed: After nearly getting into an accident with a man’s vehicle Nov. 30, officers smelled marijuana, and the defendant said he had some in the trunk. He was charged with possession for sale and transporting marijuana, which Madden tested.

Since the March 9 closure of the SFPD drug lab, the District Attorney’s Office has dismissed several cases in which drug testing was in question. There have been about 600 cases so far.

9 Cases dismissed Tuesday

20 Cases dismissed Monday

30 Days SFPD Drug Lab has been closed


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