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Portable instrumentation: new weapons in the war against drugs and terrorism
Author(s): Dean D. Fetterolf; Brian Donnelly; Lynn D. Lasswell
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Paper Abstract

The FBI Laboratory has been involved in the development of new technology and in the innovative adaptation of existing technology for use in the war on drugs and terrorism. In the last 2 years the Laboratory has introduced 5 new tools into the FBI agent's technological arsenal for use in support of these investigations. The portable, simple-to-operate instrumentation includes a hand-held microwave dielectrometer, portable gas chromatograph, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, ion mobility spectrometer, and antibody-based field test kits. Real-world application of this new technology included detection of cocaine dissolved in 45 to 36,000 bottles of a beverage and cocaine molded in plastic fittings. Trace physical evidence from explosives can also be detected on hands and surfaces.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 1994
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2092, Substance Detection Systems, (28 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.171275
Show Author Affiliations
Dean D. Fetterolf, FBI Lab. and FBI Academy (United States)
Brian Donnelly, FBI Lab. (United States)
Lynn D. Lasswell, FBI Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2092:
Substance Detection Systems
Geoffrey L. Harding; Richard C. Lanza; Lawrence J. Myers; Peter A. Young, Editor(s)

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