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Charges Dropped in Del. Drug Case

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - It was publicized as a case that could affect the outcome of thousands of Delaware criminal cases, but now prosecutors have dropped drug charges against a man accused of dealing heroin.  The decision follows testimony at a court hearing regarding an evidence-tampering and theft scandal at the state's drug testing lab.
The charges against 31-year-old Braaheim D. Reed were dropped Thursday morning before a judge resumed a hearing that could determine the fate of hundreds of other drug prosecutions in Delaware.   

The decision by prosecutors came following court testimony Wednesday regarding the discovery of 648 bags of heroin in an evidence envelope in Reed's case when the envelope was labeled as having 598 bags. Public defenders have argued during the hearing that concluded Thursday that prosecutors cannot meet their burden of establishing the integrity of evidence in other cases, and that hundreds of pending drug prosecutions should therefore be dismissed.





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