Newsbrief: New Indictments in Dallas Sheetrock Scandal 10/1/04

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Three Texas police officers were re-indicted Tuesday in the Dallas sheetrock scandal, where Dallas police arrested, prosecutors convicted, and judges sentenced dozens of people, mostly immigrants, to prison on drug charges when the alleged drugs turned out to be nothing more than ground up sheetrock.

According to the Associated Press, officer Mark Delapaz is charged in the indictment with lying about performing field drug tests. The indictment alleges Delapaz never tested an eight-pound methamphetamine seizure and falsely reported he had. The meth was sheetrock. Another former Dallas police officer, Jeffrey Haywood, is charged with twice lying about performing field tests in two large cocaine busts in May 2001. It also turned out to be sheetrock.

Since the sheetrock scandal first broke in January 2002, Dallas county authorities have thrown out more than 80 felony drug cases. So far three former officers and five former snitches face indictments. Delapaz, the gung-ho drug fighter at the center of the scandal, has been indicted on 11 felony counts and faces a November 14 trial date.

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