Lab supervisor arrested in FDLE Pensacola probe

Graves

Joseph Graves

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, working with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, arrested former Pensacola crime laboratory chemist Joseph Graves on charges of grand theft, 12 counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and nine counts of trafficking in illegal drugs.  Investigators believe Graves, while processing drug cases, replaced prescription pain pills with over-the-counter medications.

“The actions of Joseph Graves are disgraceful.  FDLE is working with State Attorneys’ Offices statewide to ensure he is held accountable for his actions,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.  “I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our FDLE members who are working swiftly and diligently responding to this situation.”

Graves was arrested at the Escambia County Jail Tuesday evening and bond was set at $290,000.

Read more in the February 6 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online.

 

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