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Drug Testing For Narcotics: New Perspectives

The DOJ in a 2005 report called for new leadership and new attitudes towards the development of intelligence gathering in fighting domestic crime and terrorism. The report was in response to the lessons of 9/11 and underlined the lack of focus of intelligence procedures in everyday police work. The report stated, “Most important, intelligence must be contingent on quality analysis of data. The development of analytical techniques, training, and technical assistance needs to be supported.” Empowering the field officer with new technologies and new capabilities to gather and synthesize data was considered a significant priority. These needs apply to terrorism, white-collar crime and narcotics diversion and interdiction alike.


The field officer has new technology in the fight against narcotics trafficking and the important task of gathering critical intelligence data from the field. New devices are available for the field drug identification of narcotic substances, while also allowing the gathering of place, time, exact mixture of cutting agents and other event based information. This information can then be aggregated to develop trends and analytical insight into crime patterns. How does it work? The complicated answer is Raman spectroscopy; the easy answer is a simple to use device that takes all the complicated science out of the officers hands.


Compare for yourself. Use drug detection kits like NIK™ or NARK™ to help identify a narcotic substance. It only tells you the class of substance and is open to subjective judgment of the officer. Any event information (e.g., arrest location, drug type, etc.) must be cataloged by the officer. New devices (like the MFL-3000 from Centice) use science to give a detailed chemical composition of the unknown narcotic and, because they are computer devices, capture all the event information necessary to build further intelligence information. With the MFL-3000, all data is automatically captured in the cloud and can be later analyzed for trends. Centice, the maker of the MFL-3000, also builds additional metrics for analysis by local law enforcement on drug composition, across jurisdiction analysis of trafficking, etc.


It is clear the standard methodologies of narcotics enforcement, and for most other crime enforcement, must rely on new capabilities to generate data for intelligence analysis. To do this requires the introduction of new devices that can capture significantly greater, and more detailed, information from field officer’s normal procedures. The introduction of new drug detection systems for narcotics goes a long way to helping achieve the DOJ’s goal of greater intelligence led policing.