HOUSTON – On Wednesday, Houston police tweeted the full 66-page audit of the HPD Narcotics Division that was ordered after the botched January 2019 Harding Street raid.
The internal review of the department’s narcotics division from Jan. 28, 2016 to Jan. 28, 2019 was ordered after the fatal raid left Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas dead.
For months, state lawmakers and activists demanded the release of the publicly-funded audit and the department’s release of the report came the same day as Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s new felony charges against six former Houston police officers including Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant.
The audit revealed a glaring lack of supervision within the HPD Narcotics Division with the major recommendation highlighting a need for greater “supervisory oversight.”
“The audit reviewed a total of 231 investigations completed by SPO Goines and Bryant between 2016-2019 to determine the types and frequency of errors discovered,” the report reads. “The results of the examination found 404 errors (some with multiple errors in the same case tracking number).”
Of the cases 84 cases that Goines was the primary case agent, 38% used informants for controlled buys of drugs and 36% of controlled buys yielded search warrants, the audit found. Of the 147 cases in which Bryant was the primary case agent, 63% used informants for controlled buys and 21% of controlled buys yielded search warrants. Bryant also assisted Goines on 27% of the cases reviewed in the audit.
One major issue found by the audit was expense discrepancies including incorrect amounts, incorrect addresses and inaccurate weight of drugs.