Back on the streets: Crime lab scandal frees suspects 

Since the March 9 closure of the SFPD crime lab, the District Attorney’s Office has been unable to charge new drug cases. On Friday, it started dismissing existing cases.

10 Cases dismissed Monday

56 Cases dismissed Friday

22 Days SFPD crime lab has been closed

Some details of the cases that were tossed Monday due to the debacle at the San Francisco Police Department’s crime lab:

Marijuana grower set free

A 32-year-old was charged with the cultivation of marijuana after a police raid of a Quintara Street home Oct. 14. As many as 678 plants were found.

Opiate dealer out of jail

A 55-year-old man was arrested at the corner of Turk and Leavenworth streets Aug. 23 on charges of possession of methadone with the intent to sell.

Crack-selling woman released

A 29-year-old was arrested Dec. 2 on 16th Street between Dolores and Guererro streets. She was charged with possession of a cocaine-based drug with intent to sell.

Driver with drugs dismissed

A 49-year-old man was stopped Jan. 8 near Third Street and Oakdale Avenue for a traffic violation and found with heroin and oxycodone. He was arrested and charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell and cited for a vehicle code violation.

Buy-bust case booted

A 23-year-old woman was arrested in a buy-bust operation Feb. 27 at a Mission Street hotel. She was charged with possession of cocaine-based drugs with intent to sell.

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