Courthouse changes announced after cocaine thefts

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Posted: Dec 17, 2012 11:58 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Dec 17, 2012 11:58 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: baton rouge, evidence, vault, cocaine, theft, security, changes, breach, arrest, bell, colvin

BATON ROUGE - Authorities announced several changes today that will be coming to the district court in Baton Rouge, after a major security breach put 48 pounds of cocaine back on the street.

Today federal and state investigators said they added a two-key system to the evidence vaults after the breach was discovered. They also said existing video surveillance of the evidence vaults would be more actively monitored in the days ahead.

Police arrested William Colvin and his girlfriend Debra Bell last week. Both worked at the courthouse, and investigators said Colvin used his key to access the evidence vault where the cocaine was kept.

Authorities also arrested Bell's son, Colt Bell, and Terrance Ramirez in connection with the scheme. Investigators said today more arrests could be coming in this case.

News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more details on how investigators found out about the thefts tonight starting on News 2 at 4.

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