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Drug Bag Research for NSW Police Force - Investigate Low Density Polyethylene Evidence Bags

Project Member(s): Roux, C., Fu, S., Stuart, B.

Funding or Partner Organisation: NSW Police Force

Start year: 2014

Summary: This project will inform the NSW Police Force with respect to forensic procedures in the area of drug seizures. It will investigate whether low density polyethylene (LDPE) make it a suitable replacement for the plasticised poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) bags currently used. This will be achieved through a literature review, comparison using the worst case scenario approach and a more comprehensive study based on industry standards.

Publications:

Michelot, H, Fu, S, Stuart, B, Shimmon, R, Raymond, T, Crandell, T & Roux, C 2017, 'Effect of drug precursors and chemicals relevant to clandestine laboratory investigation on plastic bags used for collection and storage.', Forensic Science International, vol. 273, pp. 106-112.
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Michelot, H, Stuart, B, Fu, S, Shimmon, R, Raymond, T, Crandell, T & Roux, C 2017, 'The mechanical properties of plastic evidence bags used for collection and storage of drug chemicals relevant to clandestine laboratory investigations', Forensic Sciences Research, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 198-202.
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Keywords: Plastic bag, drugs, precursors, chemicals

FOR Codes: Law Enforcement, Forensic Chemistry