Dr. Matthew Juhascik-Laboratory Supervisor
To request a rush on a drug case, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the laboratory case number, defendant's name, date of offense, submitting agency and case number, the date due and your contact information.
Brooke Ehlers-Technical Leader
The chemistry section utilizes the latest analytical instrumentation for the analysis of seized drugs and other substances. The section handles approximately 8,000 cases a year, most of which include drugs and/or drug paraphernalia. The weight and identity of a suspected drug is critical for law enforcement to be able to proceed through the criminal justice system. The samples commonly analyzed in the chemistry section include heroin, marijuana/hashish, methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, pharmaceuticals, a variety of hallucinogens, designer drugs (including the latest generation of synthetic substances), and clandestine lab samples. In general, an analysis consists of a preliminary test and confirmation test. The confirmation of a controlled substance can be done using GC-MS, FT-IR, GC-IR, or a combination of the listed techniques.
The section also analyzes harmful intoxicant, bank-dye, liquor, ignitable liquid, and poison cases for the laboratory.