Hearing granted for retrial over questionable drug evidence

A Hicksville man is one step closer to a possible retrial on his felony drug conviction after a judge granted a hearing to determine if

MINEOLA - A Hicksville man is one step closer to a possible retrial on his felony drug conviction after a judge granted a hearing to determine if there was enough evidence to retry the case.

Khurram Shahzad, 27, was convicted of possession of cocaine in 2010. The now-shuttered Nassau County Crime Lab said a substance found in Shahzad's car was cocaine.

The lab was closed after a state audit showed it failed to properly test evidence, among other issues.

Shahzad, who is from Pakistan, only has a green card and is facing deportation if his felony conviction stands.

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