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    Chemistry

     

    Tim Duerr-Laboratory Supervisor

    Analyst:
    Brooke Ehlers
    -Technical Leader
    Gary Shaffer
    Jennifer Watson
    Todd Yoak
    Matthew Fox

    The Chemistry Section uses the latest analytical instrumentation to analyze narcotics, blood and urine from DUI offenders, fire scene debris, and suspected bomb debris. Blood and urine Chemist working at benchsamples are analyzed for the presence and amount of ethanol or drugs. In suspected arson cases, instrumentation can detect the presence of accelerants in fire scene debris.

    The section examines approximately 4,000 cases per year -- the majority of which involve drug and/or alcohol analyses.

    Additional determinations include accelerants,  poisons and other toxic substances.