Forensic Scientists that work in the Seized Drugs Unit analyzes pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, plants, related chemicals and drug paraphernalia. The Chandler Police Department Forensic Services Section can conduct drug analysis for marijuana/cannabis, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine/crack, ecstasy (MDMA) tablets, LSD, mushrooms, PCP, steroids and prescription drugs. The Forensic Scientists perform preliminary analysis using chemical color tests, pharmaceutical identifiers and/or the TruNarc device. Identification of controlled substances is performed by using a Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC /MS), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) and/or macroscopic/microscopic examinations. They also provide expert testimony is court proceedings to explain and support their findings.
The Seized Drug Unit also conducts a Field Drug Testing class to train officers on the use of field drug testing kits.