$1.2 million in drugs missing from Nebraska State Patrol evidence room
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln Police’s audit of a Nebraska State Patrol evidence facility revealed that more than $1.2 million in drugs were unaccounted for.
The missing drugs include large quantities of cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana, heroin, THC, and ecstasy pills.
LPD did the audit with the help of the Nebraska State Patrol during an investigation into a spike of overdoses in Lincoln.
Between July 24 and August 19 there were 35 overdoses, nine of which resulted in death. Additionally, one surviving victim was pregnant but the baby did not survive.
Thursday, the Lincoln Lancaster County Task Force arrested 35-year-old Anna Idigima, a Nebraska State Patrol employee with access to the evidence room. The other person arrested was Idigima’s boyfriend, 35-year-old George Wesley Weaver Jr.
NSP said Idigima has worked for the department for 14 years and has been an evidence technician for several years.
Idigima was suspended during the investigation and fired from NSP on August 27.
The task force made several arrests and were able to follow the drug trail back to the original source which was determined to be Idigima and Weaver, according to police.
Idigima and Weaver were arrested Thursday for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and fentanyl - 140 grams or more. Court records show they were both charged Friday with deliver or intent to deliver cocaine - 140 grams or more. If convicted, the crime comes with a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. Bond was set for both at $3 million.
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