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Security improvements made to 19th JDC evidence room

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BATON ROUGE- Security changes have been made to the evidence room of the 19th Judicial District Courthouse, after 48 pounds of cocaine went missing.  

Two courthouse employees, William Colvin and Debra Bell, were arrested. Investigators said they stole the cocaine and distributed it on the streets of Baton Rouge, recruiting three others to help in the process.

"The security of the evidence room has been changed," District Attorney Hillar Moore said.  "We now have all the evidence there on hold.  Two separate key systems now.  There's video tape on the evidence room, and we've changed two separate locks in two offices."

The security breach came to light after a receiving a tip.

"We had received information that some kilos of cocaine were missing from an evidence room," Moore said.  "With that information, and not sure what evidence room we were talking about, information continued to develop."

Authorities said they believe the people involved were selling the cocaine for half the street value.

"Drug dealers have a network of confederates they use to operate," Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said. "To say if it's in the state or the city, no one knows."

William Colvin is the son of State District Judge Kay Bates.  She had no comment when a phone call was made to her office.

Authorities say more arrests could come.


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