Inmates Freed After Faulty Lab Results

Toxicology tests called into question.

Eleven people have been released from the Vista jail, after faulty toxicology tests were reported at a forensics lab under contract with the County of San Diego.

Tests from the Los Angeles area lab Pacific Toxicology included a number of false positives used to track narcotics in the systems of criminal suspects. 

This story originally mistakenly reported that a lab worker at Pac-Tox had a history of problems, including falsifying reports and failing to register as a sex offender in another state. That was not correct. In fact, the worker involved in those cases was from a second lab, Bio-Tox laboratories in Riverside County.  

Pacific Toxicology workers were not involved in those problems and we regret the error.

An additional 675 cases in the North County that are linked with the lab are now under review.

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