DNA and Narcotics Evidence Possibly Destroyed in Sandy Flooding, Kelly Says

By Trevor KappMurray Weiss and Alan Neuhauser  on November 20, 2012 4:46pm

 A pair of  NYPD  precincts flooded by  Hurricane Sandy  might have lost DNA and narcotics evidence to flooding caused by the storm,  Commissioner Raymond Kelly  and police sources said.
A pair of NYPD precincts flooded by Hurricane Sandy might have lost DNA and narcotics evidence to flooding caused by the storm, Commissioner Raymond Kelly and police sources said.
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BROOKLYN — Two Brooklyn NYPD precincts flooded by Hurricane Sandy might have lost DNA and narcotics evidence to the superstorm, Commissioner Raymond Kelly and police sources said.

"It may be some DNA evidence, it may be other types of evidence that are kept at our storage facilities," Kelly said. "Significant flooding has taken place, and we're still trying to sort through this and assess the total damage."

The 76th and 94th precinct station houses in Carroll Gardens and Greenpoint, central storehouses for evidence collected by the NYPD, sustained some of the most serious flooding during Sandy, police sources said.

The extent to which evidence was damaged will be "be addressed in a case by case basis," Kelly said. "What's available? Is it partially available? Is it totally destroyed? It depends on the case."

The 60th Precinct station house in Coney Island, which sits barely a quarter mile from the shore and was evacuated during the storm, was still shuttered Tuesday. Its officers were working out of the 61st Precinct station house in Sheepshead Bay.

The 100th Precinct station house in the Rockaways and the Police Service Area 1 headquarters on Coney Island were back in limited operation, the commissioner said.

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