Drug Chemistry & Clandestine Drug Laboratories

Drug Chemistry

Drug chemist using a Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer

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 performing a cocaine quantitation

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:

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
30 Methamphetamine labs
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:

Destruction of Narcotics

By law, the Superintendent of State Police is authorized to and be responsible for the lawful destruction of seized narcotics.