The Evidence Unit is part of Investigative Service Division (ISD) of the Sheriff's Office and is over seen by Manaager Laura Pazarena and Commander Chris Sepe. The Unit's responsibilites include the intake, documentation and preservation of evidence, abandoned or forfeited property. The Unit is staffed by Evidence Custodians Mark Judd and Jason Prather, who are available Monday through Friday 0800 through 1600.
In 2012, the Evidence Unit received, cataloged and stored 3,185 items. The Unit's 1,738 square feet of air conditioned storage, located at the Sheriff's Operations Center in Bunnell, FL, currently holds 5,318 items of evidence and property. The Evidence Unit was able to purge 4,242 items in 2012 and was able to return 550 items to their rightful owners. The Evidence Unit's hard work marked 2012 as the second year of negative flow. A list of unclaimed evidence and found property is regularly updated on the Sheriff's Office website. If you've lost or had property stolen from you, we encourage you check the website.
The Evidence Unit uses the The Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch as their primary charitable organization for the donation of unclaimed property. In 2012, the Evidence Unit donated 66 bicycles and 240 general items such as clothing, sports equipment, and electronics. The Unit has also worked with local charities in the past.
In 2012, 100 firearms and 1279 exhibits of drugs and paraphernalia were destroyed by fire. Below are a few pictures from previous destructions showing deputies preparing items for incineration. The incineration technique typically used involves exposing the items to 3000 degree molten metal which ensures that narcotics are thoroughly incinerated and firearms are completely liquefied.