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Marshall, DeKalb Counties share instant toxicology tool

The $20,000 device is being shared between county law enforcement. (Source: WAFF) The $20,000 device is being shared between county law enforcement. (Source: WAFF)
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Law enforcement members around the state and in the Tennessee Valley are arming themselves with a new weapon against drugs.

It is a device that can test drugs on the spot, on the scene.

An enormous backlog at state forensic labs have delayed not only drug cases but toxicology and DNA results.

The Tru-Narc device can now start to chip away at the thousands of cases waiting for lab results. It can run tests on anything from meth, heroin - even prescription pills - and give immediate results.

It would typically take the lab 18 months to two years to complete a drug test, however, with Tru-Narc, results are determined the night officers make a drug bust.

Marshall County drug agents as well as those in DeKalb County will be sharing the device on drug cases.

Walker and Winston county agents will be doing the same, all with the help of grant money. The device comes with a $20,000 price tag.

"We are trying to expedite cases and move them forward on generally minor drug cases," said Bill Adair, Walker County District Attorney. "This will help do that because a defense attorney will now have something they can rely on and this has been scientifically tested, it's been used around the country."

Adair acknowledged the new technology may present some concerns of changing the way things have been done in the past.

Cases using the Tru-Narc device will remain at the district court level. If a case heads to a jury trial, Tru-Narc results will be backed up by the lab.

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