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Forensic Division
Drug Laboratory

The Forensic Division Drug Laboratory primarily works a Monday through Friday schedule between the hours of 8:00am through 5:00 PM. Each Drug Laboratory employee is required to serve in an “on-call” basis and is subject to recall in extenuating circumstances. The Drug Laboratory provides the analysis of both marijuana and hard drugs and investigative guidance to officers. The Laboratory also works closely with members of the Solicitor’s Office and United States Attorney’s Office in preparation for judicial proceedings. The employees of the Drug Laboratory are also required to testify in local, State, and Federal Court as an expert witness.

Employees on the Drug Laboratory are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry or biology. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree and previous laboratory experience. Each new employee participates in training program prior to beginning independent casework. The length of this training may vary depending on the previous training and experience of the employee.

Employees prepare detailed reports of examinations to include the results of analysis and provide expert witness testimony in judicial proceedings for assigned casework. These services are generally only provided for law enforcement agencies in Greenville County. On a case-by-case basis consideration will be given to assisting law enforcement agencies outside of Greenville County.

A new law passed by the South Carolina Legislature in 2018 impacted the process being used to analyze marijuana. These changes necessitated the procurement of additional laboratory instruments and supplies in addition to changing policies and procedures. An additional employee had to be added to the Drug Laboratory Staff to effectively handle the additional workflow requirements. These changes impacted the backlog of marijuana testing and have increased the time from intake until the final report is issued.