As an undetectable means of bumping someone off, poison has fallen steeply out of favour in recent times, forensic technology having advanced to such a degree that the presence of even the smallest quantities of any toxic agent in a corpse will now almost inevitably be detected.
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One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him. The common element to these and other bizarre incidents in Florida in the last few months is flakka, an increasingly popular synthetic designer drug.
This particular case concerned blood-alcohol analysis via gas chromatography (GC), the preeminent analytical tool commonly used in the forensic science arena for the determination of alcohol in blood samples. The focus was on the quantitative assessment of the data stemming from the analysis, which involved direct injection of appropriately prepared liquid samples into the gas chromatograph.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Cannabis is a genus of angiosperm plants of the cannabaceae family that includes Cannabis sativa and its subspecies Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. Its first description as a recreational drug dates back to the Greek historian Herodotus.
Breaking from decades of "Just Say No"-type messaging about marijuana use, Colorado law enforcement officials are starting a new campaign designed to promote safe marijuana use.
The deadly opiate epidemic is continuing in Erie County, New York and, in fact, may be worsening.
On CSI, NCIS and other popular television shows, mass spectrometers rapidly analyze biological samples and spit out definitive results of complex analyses. But in real life, mass spectrometry findings are less straightforward and slower paced. Analytical chemist Nicholas Manicke has received a grant from the NIJ to improve the speed and accuracy of mass spectrometry for detecting drugs and poisons in blood samples.
Researchers used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. These maps provide a baseline for future studies of the interplay between the molecules that make up our skin, the microbes that live on us, our personal hygiene routines and other environmental factors.
The family of a Tulsa man who shot himself Saturday night in Keystone, Colorado is blaming his suicide on his ingestion of edible marijuana candies.
The defense attorney for former Santa Fe County deputy Tai Chan says he wants to do more testing on a packet of white powder found in the wallet of the fellow deputy Chan is accused of killing, even though the state crime lab has determined the powder is not a controlled substance.
These days samples of blood forcibly drawn in Bexar County are sitting in police property rooms. Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood, a former criminal defense attorney, stopped sending them to IFL, a state-certified crime lab with recent personnel issues.
The goal of this project was a comprehensive analytical study of those benzylpiperazines, phenylpiperazines, benzoylpiperazines and designer phenethylpiperazines of significance in forensic drug chemistry.
Bloodshed was part of life in Iguala, Mexico before local police allegedly disappeared 43 college students in September, and it remains so now. Despite federal efforts to wrest control, the 600 federal officers and 1,000 soldiers sent in five months ago to replace the city's police force have had no effects on the killings and kidnappings. The violence continues because Iguala's most lucrative business still thrives: the opium trade.
The people who die from heroin-related overdoses in the U.S. now tend to be young, white and live in the Midwest, according to a government report.
Felony drug charges have been dropped against a Mankato, Minnesota man who spent months in jail before crime lab tests determined the suspected drugs were actually vitamins.
Criminals with a penchant for dyeing their hair could soon pay for their vanity. Scientists have found a way to analyze hair samples at crime scenes to rapidly determine whether it was colored and what brand of dye was used.
Alison Davidson is a kind of olfactory Sherlock. A quiet but crisp scientist who runs the forensics lab at the University of Staffordshire, she is working on a form of analysis that in the near future could allow police to gather odor evidence from, say, a coat left at the scene of the crime to build a profile of a suspect.
Authorities found marijuana, a nearly empty bottle of whiskey and anti-psychotic medication while searching the home of the former Marine charged with killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend, a Texas Ranger testified recently.
A new lab wing in South Asheville, North Carolina may be mostly empty now, but the state crime lab director says the space is full of possibilities.
Illegal drugs including crack cocaine and black-tar heroin, plus opioid painkillers and Suboxone — prescribed to help heroin addicts kick the habit — are routinely available in central Ohio, a state report shows.
Scientists have developed a handheld fluorometer that, when combined with a smartphone, allows quick, accurate and inexpensive spectral analysis of suspected illegal drugs by law enforcement officers in the field.
An Ohio man who sold fake urine and other products meant to help people pass workplace drug tests has pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Pennsylvania.
Mexican farmers are feeding a growing addiction in the U.S., where heroin use has spread from back alleys to the cul-de-sacs of suburbia. The heroin trade is a losing prospect for everyone except the Mexican cartels, who have found a new way to make money in the face of falling cocaine consumption and marijuana legalization in the United States.
The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.
Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot.
FBI agent Matthew Lowry checked out Item 1B4 from the evidence room at the bureau’s Washington field office on an August morning in 2013. He wrote “to lab” on a log sheet to explain why he was taking drugs that had been seized in an undercover operation dubbed Midnight Hustle.
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