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1st Edition

Forensic Investigation of Clandestine Laboratories

ISBN 9780849312274
Published July 28, 2003 by CRC Press
390 Pages 123 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Clandestine lab operators are not the mad scientists whose genius keeps them pent up in the laboratory contemplating elaborate formulas and mixing exotic chemicals. In fact, their equipment is usually simple, their chemicals household products, and their education basic. Most of the time the elements at the scene are perfectly legal to sell and own. It is only in the combination of all these elements that the lab becomes the scene of a criminal operation.

Forensic Investigation of Clandestine Laboratories guides you, step-by-step, through the process of recognizing these illegal manufacturing operations. Then it shows you how to prove it in the courtroom. In non-technical language this book details:

How to recognize a clandestine lab
How to process the site of a clandestine lab
How to analyze evidence in the examination laboratory
What to derive from the physical evidence
How to present the evidence in court

The identification and investigation of a clandestine lab, and the successful prosecution of the perpetrators, is a team effort. A collaboration of law enforcement, forensic experts, scientists, and criminal prosecutors is required to present a case that definitively demonstrates how a group of items with legitimate uses are being used to manufacture an illegal controlled substance. Providing an understanding of how the pieces of the clandestine lab puzzle fit together, this book outlines the steps needed to identify and shut down these operations, as well as successfully prosecute the perpetrators.

Table of Contents

Basic Clandestine Drug Manufacture
Clandestine Lab Hazards
Basic Toxicology
Scene Processing
Laboratory Analysis
Explosive Labs
Practical Applications

Clandestine Equipment Alternatives
Chemical Information
Hazard Information
Chemical Reagent Recipes
Analytical Data
Methods and Calculations

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