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Florida crime lab analyst released from jail

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 7:07 a.m.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida crime lab analyst accused of stealing and selling painkillers and other drugs that he was supposed to be testing as evidence has been released from jail on bond.

Joseph Graves was released from the Escambia County jail on a $290,000 bond Tuesday night. Because he was released, he won't appear in court Wednesday as previously scheduled. There was no word on when the next court date would be scheduled.

Graves was arrested Tuesday, a day after he resigned from his position at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab in Pensacola. He is charged with grand theft of a controlled substance, 12 counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and nine counts of trafficking in illegal drugs.

He's accused of selling oxycodone, morphine and hydromorphone.