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Police told to stop using seized drugs in narcotics stings

By JEFF ECKHOFF • • October 1,2009 Agents for Iowa’s top anti-drug police agency have been told to stop using seized narcotics to stage certain types of drug deals pending a review of their legal authority to do so, according to papers filed today in connection with a Polk County lawsuit.

The Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement suspended the practice after consulting with state government lawyers, Iowa Attorney General s pokesman Bob Brammer said.

The lawsuit, filed20Tuesday by a man accused of purchasing marijuana and cocaine from undercover authorities, alleges that Iowa police agencies for years have been violating a law that requires seized illegal drugs to be destroyed once they are no longer needed as evidence in a criminal case.



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