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Feds Charge Former SFPD Drug Lab Technician In Cocaine Skimming Case

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Deborah Madden wades through a group of news reporters following a previous court appearance. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A former technician at the San Francisco Police Department’s crime lab has been charged in federal court with skimming cocaine from the lab, an allegation that forced its closure and the dismissal of hundreds of drug cases.

A federal grand jury indicted 61-year-old Deborah Madden Thursday on a felony count of acquiring a controlled substance by subterfuge. Authorities say Madden took cocaine evidence from the lab while working there in late 2009.

State prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against Madden, saying there was insufficient evidence that she was stealing drugs she was supposed to be testing. Madden’s attorney said federal officials are overreaching in claiming jurisdiction over the case.

Madden was convicted of cocaine possession in San Mateo County, where she lives.

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