MINEOLA - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that she gave the order to shut down the entire county crime lab amid an ongoing controversy.

Rice said she and County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) decided on the closure after receiving information yesterday suggesting that supervisors in the lab were made aware of the crime lab's inaccuracies, but didn't do anything about it.

As News 12 Long Island reported in December, the troubled lab was placed on probation for failure to follow proper procedures. Then last week, the narcotics section of the lab was shut down after serious mistakes were detected at the lab.

Earlier this week, it was announced that 9,000 drug cases between 2007 and 2009 will have to be retested because of those mistakes.

Mangano said the lab work now will have to be outsourced until a new state-of-the-art lab can be built.

For the complete news conference on the closure of Nassau County's crime lab, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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