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Creating an Independent Crime Lab: The Regional Crime Lab is open at Sam Houston State University to serve more than 100 state and local agencies in the disciplines of controlled substances and toxicology.

Creating an Independent Crime Lab

The Sam Houston State University Regional Crime Lab in The Woodlands is now open and accepting evidence. The new crime lab received its accreditation in October 2010 and began accepting evidence from state and local agencies just before Thanksgiving, according to university officials.

"We were excited to be able to accept evidence in time for the busy holiday season," said Dr. Sarah Kerrigan, laboratory director and Scotland-Yard trained forensic scientist.

The 5,000 square foot facility offers laboratory services for controlled substances and toxicology in criminal and civil cases, as well as death investigations. It also provides support services, including courtroom testimony, expert testimony and consulting services.

The laboratory will ease the backlog of criminal cases in Texas by serving the basic needs of nearly 100 state and local agencies in 10 counties in Southeast Texas. The lab, staffed by 10 employees, is expected to handle up to 5,000 cases annually.

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