Cop flap has Philly DA throwing out drug cases

The Philadelphia district attorney’s office continues to dismiss dozens of cases against accused drug offenders.

The dismissals reveal serious doubts about the credibility of five narcotics officers who will no longer be allowed to testify in court.

The office has dropped charges against defendants with serious rap sheets — including previous arrests and convictions for drug offenses, theft or attempted murder.

Assistant public defender Bradley Bridge said it’s not clear how many cases ultimately will be affected.

“The district attorney’s office has appropriately focused their resources right now on figuring out who is in jail so we can get them out of jail immediately,” he said Thursday.

All of the cases relied on testimony from the five officers identified earlier this month, according to a statement from the office.

“We determined that testimony from those officers will no longer be used in narcotics cases,” it says.

In the past, similar incidents have led to dismissing several hundred cases, Bridge said.

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