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Old 03-04-2012, 03:48 PM
UltraVires UltraVires is offline
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Originally Posted by Loach View Post
Our evidence guy takes drugs to the lab maybe once or twice a month. More if the vice guys have been particularly busy. It takes several weeks before the results come back. We use the State Police lab. There are just a couple of regional labs that together cover the entire state. Because of this, the lab report is usually the last thing done. And usually not on the day of the arrest.
So let's say you have a warrant and enter a house where there are pallets full of bags filled with white, powdery stuff.

Do you lecture everyone to wait a few weeks to a couple of months and if these lab results come back positive, then they are in for it?

Do you arrest them immediately? On what charge? How can you hold them that long without charging them?