The district attorney has dismissed 88 pending criminal cases all linked to the narcotics unit because of credibility issues while the federal government has dismissed eight cases.
Powell admitted that being down nine officers does create some challenges for the department. But other officers have been reassigned to different duties for emergency responses, and the department has "taken whatever measures are necessary" to ensure that all priority calls are responded to as quickly as before.
But Powell said it is important for both the public and criminals to know that just because the unit has been suspended and investigations are underway, that does not mean drug dealers will be getting a free pass in the city.
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