The forensic laboratory in Huntsville, Alabama serves law enforcement in 22 counties. (Photo: Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences)

There is a backlog of nearly 29,700 drug samples — nearly a year’s worth submitted by hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state — waiting for testing at Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences labs.

There are other types of tests that have waited more than 90 days, too:

• 769 forensic biology tests waiting to match blood, saliva or semen to a suspected criminal or crime victim;

• 882 firearm and toolmark tests;

• 83 forensic pathology tests needed to determine cause or manner of death.

The backlog information was provided to Decatur Daily in response to a public records request filed with the forensic department in October.

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