BREMEN, Ga. - For several years, the crime lab at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was the only facility where law enforcement could test suspected synthetic marijuana that was seized at smoke shops or convenience stores.
Drug investigators, counselors and companies that produce testing devices gathered to share information and goals.
One device on display is called a "True Narc," a handheld narcotics analyzer that uses a process called spectrum analysis to detector over 100 different narcotic and synthetic drug compounds.
"The device brings the testing lab to the field," said Thermo Scientific Company representative Michael Nagle.
Another field-testing kit is called the Nark II. The manufacturer
"They suspect they have a synthetic cannabinoid, and they can confirm it so they can make arrests and proceed with their case," said Nark II representative Jack Thornick.
Georgia Tech and the Hall County School system is using a dip stick testing system to check if athletes are using synthetic drugs. It's called "K-2, D-2."
"All they have to do is collect a urine sample in a cup, dip this in, and in three to five minutes you have a result for
Lance Dyer organized the event for two years running following the death of his
Through the Dakota Dyer Foundation, the father raised funds and with the help of Pioneer Ford in Bremen purchased a Ford Interceptor that will be specially equipped as a synthetic drug response vehicle.
"It will have
The vehicle is scheduled to be used by the GBI.