By Zeke MacCormack
Updated 12:16 a.m., Sunday, June 12, 2011
BANDERA — Mishandled evidence is again drawing unwelcome scrutiny to the Bandera Police Department, where Chief James Eigner is publicly feuding with Patrolman Mario Hernandez.
Marijuana was stolen from the evidence room last year, Eigner confirmed Thursday, compromising the criminal case in which the drugs were seized and leading to a pot possession charge against the officer's son accused of taking it.
New locks were installed, said Eigner, who called the breach an unfortunate but isolated event.
Hernandez, however, has sought a criminal investigation of the agency's handling of the pot theft and other incidents he calls evidence of departmental corruption.
“Police officers aren't above the law,” he said. “I'm blowing the whistle on any illegal activity.”
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