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Triad Crime Lab

The Triad Regional Crime Laboratory is located in Greensboro and is the second satellite laboratory in the state system.  The facility consists of approximately 10,000 square feet of laboratory space, employs 14 analysts and support staff, and provides services in latent fingerprint analysis, drug analysis, toxicology, digital evidence, and response to clandestine laboratory calls.


The Latent Evidence Section provides sophisticated development and analysis of latent fingerprint images.  The section uses both traditional methods and state-of-the-art electronic equipment to process evidence.  The AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) remains a major forensic tool used to identify individuals in various type of cases.  Image-enhancement technology allows examiners to observe difficult images which in the past may have been impossible to analyze.

The Drug Chemistry Section is a modern forensic drug analysis facility.  The submissions follow the national trend in that cocaine base (crack) marijuana make up most of the drug submissions, with a wide variety of other drugs making up the remainder.  Ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine, and cocaine hydrochloride are all popular drugs in the covered region.

The Toxicology Section analyzes blood samples for the presence of impairing substances.  The data acquired is used for the prosecution of DWI type cases.  Blood evidence can be analyzed for the presence of alcohol, inhalants, controlled substances, prescription drugs, or other medications.

The Digital Evidence Section analyzes evidence related to forensic computer analysis and forensic video analysis.  Forensic computer analysis provides law enforcement and criminal justice agencies laboratory services for the recovery and analysis of computer digital evidence.  Video analysis includes processing surveillance tapes and digital recordings from cameras at crime scenes.

The Triad Crime Laboratory primarily serves law enforcement in 12 Triad counties:  Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

Triad Regional Crime Lab:   Acting Forensic Scientist Manager Elizabeth Patel.