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Embattled analyst resigns in Ripon drug lab probe
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RIPON (AP) — California law enforcement officials say a crime analyst under investigation in a state-run crime lab in Ripon has resigned.

A spokesman for the California Department of Justice said Friday that the analyst recently resigned just weeks after taking a paid administrative leave. His name has not been officially released.

The lab is under scrutiny after officials recently found discrepancies in methamphetamine samples being stored as evidence.

Officials say seven meth samples reviewed by the analyst at the Central Valley Bureau of Forensic Services laboratory were lighter than originally reported.

The lab handles evidence for Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Tuolumme and Calaveras counties.

One prosecutor has said the investigation could affect as many as 4,000 drug cases dating back to 2006.