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Waco DPS gives tour of Crime Lab


The Department of Public Safety showed off their Crime Lab on Friday, as part of their annual Open House. 

The tour showcased handling evidence such as blood, alcohol and drugs. The lab processed about 4,000 drug cases and 800 DNA cases last year, along with almost 2,000 blood and alcohol cases. 

“Things that you gonna see on TV are a little different than what we actually do here at the Waco DPS Crime Lab. Because, again, it is TV,” says Sgt. Ryan Howard. 

The Waco Crime Lab is one of the 13 labs statewide which processes evidence from 23 counties. There is no fee for the Crime Lab for any law enforcement agency at this time. 

The lab starts working on sexual assault kits within the first month of submissions to the lab. The most common substances seen in the lab are methamphetamine, cocaine and edible products with THC.

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