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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 454 - Drug seizures [34536/11]. (15 Nov 2011)

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454. Deputy Luke ’Ming’ Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Forensic Science Laboratory has found grit weed contamination in samples of cannabis seized in recent times; if he will make available the results of analysis carried out by the Forensic Science Laboratory. [34536/11]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I can inform the Deputy that the Forensic Science Laboratory is independent of me in its work and I have no role in its day to day operations.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy I have had enquiries made with Forensic Science Laboratory and I am informed that the Laboratory’s analysis focusses on the identification of the controlled drug. Other contaminants may be noted but are not formally monitored. The Forensic Science Laboratory were aware of cases with crushed glass and/or tiny beads in 2007 and 2008. However, the staff who analyse drugs do not recollect seeing contaminants in samples in 2011.
Mental Health Services: Motion - Drug Seizures
Vol. 746 No. 3
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

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