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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 o

Blood-Alcohol Analysis via Gas Chromatography: Assessment of Data Reliability

April 23, 2015 4:02 pm | by Dominick A. Labianca | Articles | Comments

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. 

THC Analysis with Triple Quadrupole GC-MS

April 22, 2015 5:05 pm | by Andrea Caruso | Articles | Comments

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis...

Colorado Law Enforcement Switches Message to Safe Pot Use

April 17, 2015 3:14 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Breaking from decades of "Just Say No"-type messaging about marijuana use, Colorado law...

Epidemic of Fatal Opiate Overdoses Persists Amid Deepening Concerns

April 2, 2015 4:14 pm | by Lou Michel, The Buffalo News | News | Comments

The deadly opiate epidemic is continuing in Erie County, New York and, in fact, may be worsening...

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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 Working to Improve Forensic Drug and Poison Screening

April 1, 2015 10:13 am | by IUPUI | News | Comments

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 u

Body Maps Show Where Skin Has Been

April 1, 2015 8:16 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

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.

Marijuana Edibles Blamed for Colorado Death

March 26, 2015 11:38 am | by Brian Maass, CBS Denver | News | Comments

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.

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Lab Finds Powder on Slain Deputy Not Illegal Drug

March 23, 2015 10:43 am | by Mark Oswald, Albuquerque Journal | News | Comments

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.

Texas D.A. Stops Sending DWI Blood Samples to Lab

March 23, 2015 9:56 am | by Brain Chasnoff | News | Comments

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.

Analytical and Synthetic Studies on Designer Drugs of the Piperazine Class

March 13, 2015 10:23 am | by C. Randall Clark and Jack DeRuiter, NIJ | News | Comments

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 t

Mexican Town Where 43 Students Disappeared is Opium Hotbed

March 11, 2015 9:53 am | by Christopher Sherman and Alberto Arce, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

US Heroin Overdoses Shifting to Young, White, Midwestern

March 4, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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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.

Field-Tested Drugs Were Vitamins

February 19, 2015 11:25 am | by myfoxphilly.com | News | Comments

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.

Hair Dye Investigation Could Help Solve Crimes

February 18, 2015 1:36 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

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,

How Wine Smelling Techniques Could Help Solve Crime

February 17, 2015 2:04 pm | by Victoria Moore, The Telegraph | News | Comments

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.

Medication Found in Home of Suspect in 'American Sniper' Trial

February 13, 2015 3:13 pm | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Crime Lab Space Could Reduce State Backlog

February 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by WLOS ABC 13 | News | Comments

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.

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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.

Heroin, Crack Easy to Find in Central Ohio

February 11, 2015 2:37 pm | by Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch | News | Comments

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.

Researchers Develop Handheld System to Identify Illegal Drugs

February 5, 2015 11:39 am | by NIJ | News | Comments

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.

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Fake Urine for Drug Tests

February 3, 2015 4:36 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

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

Mexican Opium Farmers Expand Plots to Supply US Heroin Boom

February 2, 2015 2:22 pm | by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Record Number of Exonerations Driven by Texas Drug Cases

January 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Drug-filled Drone Crashes Near US-Mexico Border

January 22, 2015 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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 d

FBI Files Tell How Addicted Agent was Able to Get the Drugs

January 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by Peter Hermann, The Washington Post | News | Comments

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.

No DNA or blood evidence has been found to connect a man on trial for murder to the 2012 death of his estranged wife.

Jury Hears DNA, Blood Evidence in Murder Trial

January 16, 2015 12:32 pm | by Lisa Trigg, Tribune Star | News | Comments

No DNA or blood evidence has been found to connect a man on trial for murder to the 2012 death of his estranged wife.                                     

Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, says NJ State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all.

More on NJ's Lethal New Drug Brands

January 13, 2015 11:18 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all. The exact names and quantities of the drugs in these new brands remain confidential because of the ongoing nature of the case, but police are confident that these new drug combinations are “highly potent” and “not typically seen.”

The New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC), working in collaboration with New Jersey Department of Health and law enforcement agencies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York through the Drug Monitoring Initiative, has identified

NJ State Police Identify Lethal Drug Brands

January 9, 2015 11:47 am | by New Jersey State Police | News | Comments

The New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC), working in collaboration with New Jersey Department of Health and law enforcement agencies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York through the Drug Monitoring Initiative, has identified three highly lethal brands of drugs identified by unique stamps, which are responsible for six recent overdose deaths in the region.

Hope is rare in China’s courts. This is a country where 99.9 percent of suspects are found guilty. Where authorities put to death more convicted criminals each year than the rest of the world’s countries combined.

In China, a Rare Criminal Case in Which Evidence Made a Difference

December 30, 2014 12:57 pm | by William Wan, Washington Post | News | Comments

Hope is rare in China’s courts. This is a country where 99.9 percent of suspects are found guilty. Where authorities put to death more convicted criminals each year than the rest of the world’s countries combined.           

Maine Sees Sharp Rise in Costly Meth Lab Busts

December 29, 2014 11:08 am | by Allana Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Methamphetamine labs have proliferated at a startling rate across Maine, and drug agents say that the growth in the costly and dangerous raids has stretched their resources.                     

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