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Field Guide to Clandestine Laboratory Identification and Investigation

1st Edition

By Donnell R. Christian, Jr.

CRC Press

144 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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The key to clandestine laboratory detection is the investigator's ability to recognize the equipment and chemicals that constitute the lab. This requires a ready reference that clearly explains how to identify the hazards, provides the proper measures for safely addressing them, and features a format that allows the information to be taken directly into the field for quick reference and easy access.

Field Guide to Clandestine Laboratory Identification and Investigation provides concise information for field use along with reproducible worksheets for crime scene investigators. As the companion to the training manual Forensic Investigation of Clandestine Laboratories, this guide features visual representations of the scientific equipment used to clandestinely produce drugs and explosives. It presents a list of the chemicals commonly encountered in clandestine laboratories and includes information about chemical hazards and the personal protective equipment required. The book also discusses proper processing of the lab site for the physical evidence necessary for prosecution.

Providing the methods and materials necessary to successfully identify clandestine lab activity in the field, this guide belongs in the hands of anyone involved in the investigation, examination, and prosecution of clandestine labs. Crime scene technicians, emergency responders, forensic scientists, law enforcement personnel, and attorneys will reach for this valuable resource time and time again.

Table of Contents


Legitimate Use Table

Clandestine Drug Use Table

Drug Methods Grouping

Explosive Chemicals

Clandestine Explosive Use Table

Explosive Method Grouping



Clandestine Alternatives


Chemical Hazard and Toxicology Information

Personal Protective Equipment Selection

Site Control


Sampling Kit

Sampling Guide

Field Test Reactions

Field Test Reagents

Volume Estimates

Field Note Worksheets

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General