Law enforcement personnel, laboratory technicians, crime scene investigators and many others face a significant challenge for reducing narcotics trafficking and drug abuse. New drugs are appearing at an alarming rate and the global drug problem is spiraling out of control. Raman technology can provide quick and accurate sample screening for law enforcement in the field, and at the crime scene. It can provide valuable information quickly, thus reducing the time of analysis and cost while protecting officers and citizens alike. It’s the perfect solution for rapid identification of multiple forensic sample types either directly in the field or in the lab. With the ability to analyze mixtures as well, the source and distribution of narcotics can be determined from a rapid sample scan taken in the field. The current legal process from arrest to prosecution can be lengthy and quite costly to taxpayers. After an arrest, narcotic-specific test kits are used by law enforcement for positive indication for presumptive evidence, but these specific test kits aren’t necessarily available yet. Seized samples are subsequently sent to a laboratory for confirmatory testing, which could take weeks or even months before results reach the prosecutor’s hands.
Confirmatory analytical techniques that are relied on for analysis are now being miniaturized and simplified and are making their way into field instrumentation. Although certain technologies are ideal for precise laboratory identification, Raman technology can provide quick and accurate sample processing for law enforcement to reduce time and cost while protecting officers and citizens alike. It’s the perfect solution for cursory identification of multiple forensic sample types either directly in the field or in the lab. The transition from lab-based to field-based analyzers allows users to conduct the same reliable measurements at the point of arrest, reducing the burden on crime labs and accelerating the prosecution process.