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Triad Crime Lab

The Triad Regional Crime Laboratory is located in Greensboro and is the second satellite laboratory in the state system.  The facility consists of approximately 10,000 square feet of laboratory space.

The Triad Regional Crime Laboratory currently provides criminal justice agencies with forensic analysis in the following disciplines: latent (fingerprint analysis), drug chemistry, and toxicology.

The Latent Evidence Section provides sophisticated development and analysis of latent fingerprint images.  The section uses both traditional methods and state-of-the-art electronic equipment to process evidence.  The AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) remains a major forensic tool used to identify individuals in various type of cases.  Image-enhancement technology allows examiners to observe difficult images which in the past may have been impossible to analyze.

The Drug Chemistry Section is a modern forensic drug analysis facility.  The submissions follow the national trend in that cocaine base (crack) marijuana make up most of the drug submissions, with a wide variety of other drugs making up the remainder.  Ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine, and cocaine hydrochloride are all popular drugs in the covered region.

The Toxicology Section analyzes blood samples for the presence of impairing substances.  The data acquired is used for the prosecution of DWI type cases.  Blood evidence can be analyzed for the presence of alcohol, inhalants, controlled substances, prescription drugs, or other medications.

The Triad Crime Laboratory primarily serves law enforcement in 12 Triad counties:  Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

Triad Regional Crime Lab:   Forensic Scientist Manager F. Wayne Lewallen.