When police seize illegal drugs, those drugs must be identified and weighed. The Indiana State Police now have an estimated 6,000 case backlog for drug analysis. Testing for cases is delayed by as much as six months, but the state’s forensics director says it’s not a problem – yet.

Indiana State Police Forensic Analysis Director Eric Lawrence says there are more drug cases filed, and new synthetic drugs are added to the list of controlled substances.

“And that in and of itself makes the analysis more complicated and more time consuming,” Lawrence says.

IUPUI Scientist Using DNA To Determine Physical Traits

Jan 29, 2015
Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

An IUPUI biology professor is developing a technique to determine what someone looks like, based solely on his or her DNA.

The work is being funded by a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Justice over the next three years.

Read more and see a video of the procedure here.