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NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CRIME LAB IN EDNEYVILLE OPENED ON MONDAY

NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CRIME LAB IN EDNEYVILLE OPENED ON MONDAY NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CRIME LAB IN EDNEYVILLE OPENED ON MONDAY

"TECHNOLOGY IN THE LAB HELPS US CONVICT THE GUILTY...."  Gov. Roy Cooper   

There was an official “opening” and ribbon cutting Monday at North Carolina’s new Western Crime Lab in Edneyville.

The opening of that new facility has been anticipated for some time, and the ribbon cutting will be attended by the state and area’s top law enforcement officials.

The facility, described as roughly twice as large as the existing Western Crime Lab in Asheville, is a new asset to help local agencies use science and forensic analysis to bring justice to guilty suspects and exonerate those who are innocent.

The facility, a pet project of then- Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson), was a lucrative undertaking over four years in the making, thanks in due part to support by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and local law enforcement. At the request of the N.C. Department of Justice and then-acting Attorney General Roy Cooper, the N.C. General Assembly allocated planning resources in 2013 and $15 million in construction investments the following year.

The new crime lab will house more forensic scientists, perform blood-alcohol and toxicology tests, firearm analysis and additional DNA tests that were, at the time, only available in the State Crime Lab in Raleigh, which will allow evidence in local cases to be examined more quickly and efficiently without the need for scientists to travel and testify in court.

At the time of the groundbreaking ceremony in Sept. 2015, Cooper was quoted by The Hendersonville Lightning in saying, “It’s critically important that we have more scientists that are closer to courts where they testify and closer to law enforcement agencies they serve and this lab will help us do that. Technology in the lab helps us to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent and I believe justice will come quicker and better with this new crime lab.”
The Western Crime Laboratory serves law enforcement in North Carolina counties that are generally west of Interstate 77.

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