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Two Anniston men and an Oxford woman will have drug charges against them dropped after a state forensics lab lost evidence needed to prosecute them, officials said Friday.

Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh received a letter by email from the Department of Forensic Sciences Director Michael Sparks on March 10 stating the evidence was missing.

“Birmingham regional Laboratory Director Mark Pevey and staff conducted an exhaustive search for the missing item and conducted an internal investigation of the matter,” according to the letter. “Appropriate corrective actions are being taken as a result of this investigation in accordance with ADFS policy and procedures.”

The letter did not state what those corrective actions were or when it was first reported that the evidence was missing.

“For all I know, it could have gone missing Nov. 30,” McVeigh said, the day after the tests were concluded on the evidence.

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