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More Drug Cases Tied To Philly Narcotics Unit Dropped

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More drug cases tied to the Philadelphia Police Department's narcotics unit were dropped by the District Attorney's Office, FOX 29's Jeff Cole reports.

On Monday, 46 cases were dropped in a city courtroom.

It all started in early December when District Attorney Seth Williams sent a letter to the police department with the startling news that it would no longer use six drug officers as witnesses in narcotics cases.

The letter also states that the DA's office will no longer bring charges in drug cases in which the six officers are necessary witnesses.

Williams has not said why this is happening, but Cole reports it seems clear that prosecutors question the credibility of the officers.

In a statement, the district attorney wrote just because the office has dropped cases prior to prosecution, it does not "...entitle all defendants whose prosecution involved these officers to cancel their convictions for their own criminal conduct."

Cole reports the total number of dropped cases could eventually reach 300.

The six drug officers have since been moved out of the narcotics field unit but have not been disciplined.

You can watch Jeff Cole's story in the video above.

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