Drug Chemistry

 

Chemistry Section:



The forensic scientists of the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory Drug Chemistry section are responsible for the qualitative (identity) and quantitative (purity) analysis of case submissions from various law enforcement agencies testing for the presence or absence of controlled substances.  Analysis is performed utilizing color tests, microcrystalline, thin layer chromatography, and highly specialized instrumentation to support the District Attorney’s Office prosecution in criminal cases.

 

 

 

2013

 

2014

 

2015

(Est.) 2016

Total Case Reports Assigned

2,954

2,620

2,254

2,763

Total Cases Closed(1)

2,461

2,408

2,575

2,633

Cases Closed by Analysis(2)

2,208

1,447

1,928

2,298

Cases Closed Administratively(3)

253

961

647

335

Total Samples Submitted(4)

20,928

27,532

36,732*

50,601*

Total Samples Analyzed(5)

2,866

5,553

8,516*

5,718*

*Beginning in 2015, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) initiated standardized definitions for “items submitted” and “items analyzed”. Therefore, estimated values have been applied to these standardized statewide definitions.