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2 Del. Medical Examiner Employees Indicted in Investigation

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WILMINGTON, Del.- Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden on Wednesday announced that his office has secured indictments charging two employees of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner with multiple offenses as a result of the ongoing criminal investigation into compromised drug evidence in the OCME’s Controlled Substances Lab.

The Delaware Department of Justice secured the indictments from the New Castle County Grand Jury on Tuesday charging the following employees of the OCME Controlled Substance Lab:
  • James Woodson, 38, of Wilmington, was indicted on one count each of trafficking cocaine, theft of a controlled substance (cocaine), official misconduct, and tampering with evidence for allegedly removing cocaine from an evidence bag at the Controlled Substances Lab. He was also charged with violating the terms of use governing his access to the database in April 2014.
  • Farnam Daneshgar, 54, of Wilmington, was indicted on two counts of falsifying business records for allegedly failing to produce reports documenting discrepancies in drug evidence he reviewed in two specific cases.  He was also charged with one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia related to evidence seized during a search warrant at his home.
According to Biden, Woodson had been a courier at the lab, and most recently worked as a death investigator at the facility. Daneshgar worked as a chemist at the lab. Both Woodson and Daneshgar were arrested Wednesday by Delaware State Police and were arraigned in New Castle County Superior Court.  Bail amounts were set at $5,000 secured for Daneshgar, and $20,000 cash for Woodson.  

Biden said the joint DSP and Department of Justice investigation was initiated in January after drug evidence submitted for analysis to the Controlled Substances Lab was found to be compromised. The identified compromises included drug evidence tampered with, missing, and/or substituted, Biden noted.  The investigation included internal audits of police evidence lockers, which Biden said detected discrepancies amongst several Delaware law enforcement agencies that existed between drug evidence submitted to the OCME Controlled Substances Lab and evidence returned to police evidence lockers in sealed envelopes after analysis and testing.
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