Drug Chemistry & Clandestine Drug Laboratories
Drug chemist uses a Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer to identify and quantitate Psilocybin, a Schedule 1 hallucinogen found in some species of mushrooms.
Drug Chemist performs a cocaine quantitation, which allows the analyst to calculate how much of the sample is actual cocaine. The chemist is filtering case samples. Filtering is done in order separate unwanted particulates that are within the sample.
The Drug Chemistry Section analyzes substances seized under the state's laws restricting the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of abusive-type drugs.
Case submission types include drug sales, possessions, clandestine drug labs, overdoses, date rapes and drug substitution cases.
Drug evidence submitted to the section is analyzed through a variety of methods, including:
- Color testing
- Microscopic analysis
- Gas chromatograph screening
- Thin layer chromatography
- Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
- Infrared spectrophotometry (FTIR)
- Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS).
Following analysis, forensic scientists interpret the instrumental data and prepare reports of their findings.
These reports are used in criminal court proceedings; often the forensic scientist is asked to provide expert testimony in court.
|Drug Chemistry 2011 Activity|
|4,468||Criminal Case Reports|
|20,209||Evidence items analyzed|
|Clandestine Drug Lab 2011 Activity|
|31||Clandestine drug labs raided|
|1||Methcathinone lab (a psychoactive stimulant)|
|Distruction of Narcotics-related Items|
|10,842||Narcotics-related pieces of evidence from closed State Police cases were destroyed|
Clandestine Drug Laboratories
Specially trained forensic scientists accompany the NYSP Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) when they respond to a suspected clandestine drug laboratory and:
- Provide expert testimony regarding the practical and theoretical aspects associated with the synthesis of methamphetamine.
- Serve as scientific advisors
- Assist in the securing and processing of evidence
- Aid in dismantling the laboratory while emphasizing safety and health concerns.
Destruction of Narcotics
By law, the Superintendent of State Police is authorized to and be responsible for the lawful destruction of seized narcotics.