Most Dakota County’s drug cases tested by lab under scrutiny
The St. Paul Crime Lab, under scrutiny for what two public defenders say are questionable testing practices, has been used almost exclusively in Dakota County drug cases for the past five years, said Dakota County Drug Task Force Cmdr. Dan Bianconi.
While Bianconi and Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows credit the lab for its efficiency and quick turn-around time, they both cited concerns about highly publicized court testimony from its employees this week indicating the lab’s practices may have compromised the reliability of the tests and results.
Both officials indicated the county will likely seek other options for its future evidence testing. See more in Laura Adelmann’s Sun Thisweek story.