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FDLE chemist tried to avoid arrest, documents reveal

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FDLE Chemist Joseph Graves knew he was in trouble the moment investigators started questioning him about missing drugs in the lab.

He quickly tried to negotiate with police offering his full cooperation in exchange for not getting arrested that day -- he even wanted it in writing.

He admitted to taking the drugs because he had a back problem.

New court documents show red flags started popping up one year ago. A detective submitted 147 Oxycontin pills, but when he checked on the evidence months later, he discovered 100 pills were missing.

FDLE says they are now reviewing 2,600 drug cases for tampering.

In Pasco County, 11 cases are now being examined.

If it turns out the evidence has been compromised, thousands of drug cases could be thrown out.

Graves will be arraigned on February 27th.

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