2nd Edition

Forensic Investigation of Clandestine Laboratories

By Donnell R. Christian, Jr. Copyright 2022
    490 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    490 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Forensic Investigation of Clandestine Laboratories, Second Edition is fully updated to address all aspects of the forensic investigation of clandestine laboratories. While, the first edition focused on the domestic clandestine manufacture of contraband substances, this edition expands the scope to more fully address the clandestine manufacture of explosives that have become a threat that is global in nature.

    In clandestine laboratory operations, equipment is often simple, household chemical products are utilized, and the education of the operators basic. In fact, most of the time these elements individually are perfectly legal to sell and possess. However, the combination of all these elements is what becomes the scene of illicit activity and a criminal operation. In response to the increase in use of homemade explosive mixtures by terrorists, both domestically and internationally, the section clandestine manufacture of explosives is greatly enhanced. Topics are presented in a manner which, while detailed, will not compromise the tactics, techniques, or procedures utilized by law enforcement and military personnel in their ability to combat the clandestine manufacture of contraband substances and the battle against domestic and international terrorism.

    Key features:

    • Examines tell-tale signs to look for in recognizing a clandestine lab

    • Outlines how to safely process the site of a clandestine lab

    • Details how to analyze collected evidence in the examination laboratory

    • Provides guidelines as to what to derive from the physical evidence

    • Offers specific tactics to effectively present the opinions associated with evidence that has been collected during the investigation in a written report, military style briefing or to a jury in a legal proceeding.

    Forensic Investigation of Clandestine Laboratories, Second Edition guides the reader through the process of recognizing these illegal manufacturing operations. Then it examines the methods as to how to compile the volume of associated evidence into a package that can be presented in a court of law, or to military commanders for decisive action. It is an invaluable resource, that will prove useful to chemistry lab technicians, forensic investigators, fire and first responder professionals, military personnel, police investigative agencies and narcotics units, and lawyer trying cases involving clandestine labs.

    1. Basics of Clandestine Manufacture  2. Clandestine Lab Hazards  3. Basic Toxicology  4. Scene Processing  5. Laboratory Analysis  6. Opinions  7. Presenting Results  8. Explosives Labs  App A: SWGDRUG Glossary of Terms  App B: TWGFEX Glossary of Terms  App C: Equipment  App D: Chemicals List  App E: List of Explosive Materials  App F: Hazards  App G: Worksheets  App H: Sphere Volume Estimates  App I: Color Test Reagents  App J: Crystal Test Reagents  App K: Optical Properties  App L: Extraction Procedures  App M: Reaction Mixture Components  App N: Calculation Equations  App O: Drug Reference List  App P: Explosive References  App Q: Homemade Explosive Manufacturing Schemes  App R: Drug Chemical Table 1  App S: Drug Chemical Table 1  App T: Explosive Chemical Table 1  App U: Explosive Chemical Table 2


    Donnell R. Christian, Jr. has over 30 years of forensic experience, split between two areas of expertise. He spent 15 years with the Arizona DPS specializing in the clandestine manufacture of drugs and explosives. He is currently a senior explosives chemist for the Forensic Exploitation Directorate of the Defense Forensic Science Center. In between these engagements he assisted in establishing forensic science programs in the developing democracies as the Director of International Training for Professional Business Solutions and as the Forensic Science Development Coordinator for the U.S. DOJ’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP).