Two former police officials from Stoughton, Massachusetts, and Boston will take the lead over Braintree Police Department after hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, weapons and thousands of drug samples disappeared from the department's evidence room.
In the audit, it was found that 4,709 pieces of narcotics evidence were missing, more than 60 guns were unaccounted for, and more than $400,000 in cash seized from criminals was also missing. As a result, a couple dozen drug cases have been thrown out.
Braintree's mayor has tapped former Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany as interim chief and former Superintendent-in-Chief of Boston Police Daniel Linskey has been hired as a consultant to help assess the evidence room.
He'll also help write new policies and procedures for evidence handling and train officers.
Deputy Chief Wayne Foster has been placed on paid administrative leave following the scandal.
Police Chief Russell Jenkins also announced he would be retiring on Oct. 7.