TruNarc in Action

Read recent news stories highlighting the success of the Thermo Scientific TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer in the field.

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Shoreline Police Have New Detection Tool for Drug Investigations

Discover how the Thermo Scientific™ TruNarc™ is helping Seattle, WA area law enforcement identify substances quickly and accurately with the push of a button.

 Read the article from My Northwest

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Sparking Innovation: AFOSI/Det 111's TruNarc Laser Drug Testing

The US Air Force’s 412th Test Wing Innovation team, SparkED, has initiated the FY23 Airmen Pitch Process seeking the next great innovative idea for improvements in their program.

For inspiration this year, the program looks to the successful idea from FY22: AFOSI/Det 111's TruNarc Laser Drug Testing device. AFOSI agents employ the TruNarc analyzer out in the field as a safe, effective way to identify narcotics and opioid derivatives. The TruNarc analyzer replaced previous methods involving kits, solutions and neutralizers with a single system.

 Read the article from Edwards Air Force Base

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The TruNarc Narcotics Analyzer Now Used in All 50 States

Thermo Scientific’s TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer is now in use in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

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New TruNarc technology helps TCSO deputies identify drugs in quicker, safer way amid fentanyl crisis

The TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer is one of the newest pieces of technology at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office (TSCO). In fact, TCSO has three TruNarc systems to help identify narcotics, stimulants and depressants. One is primarily for patrol officers, one is for detectives executing search warrants and similar tasks, and a third is at the Tulsa County Jail.

The TruNarc system analyzes substances through plastic or glass, enabling deputies to maintain a barrier. The new technology will also increase speed and efficiency on the job.

 Read the FOX23 News article

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Police seize over 2 grams of fentanyl-laced substance during overdose call

The Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force used a TruNarc narcotic analyzer and confirmed fentanyl; a total of 2.7 gross grams of the substance were seized.

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Menasha police demonstrate device to test for drugs

Menasha police demonstrate device to test for drugs

Menasha police have a new device (TruNarc) that can instantly detect and identify drugs and other substances. The process can be done at either a crime scene, or during a traffic stop.

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New tool to help drug task force to keep community, officers safe

The Huron County Drug Task Force has a new tool in its arsenal to help keep the community and officers safe. Through federal funding, the task force was able to purchase a $32,000 TruNarc testing unit.

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DEA Issues Warning About Meth Pills Resembling Adderall

The Drug Enforcement Administration is probably one of the federal government’s busiest agencies. And now, it has a new issue to worry about – counterfeit Adderall and Ritalin. They demonstrate the use of TruNarc to help identify substances.

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Technology for the safety of first responders

Technology for the safety of first responders

The TruNarc analyzer has enabled CBP to increase fentanyl seizures dramatically without compromising officers’ safety. Better technology and processes can indeed keep dangerous drugs out of the wrong hands, and, literally, out of the exposed hands of law enforcement officers.

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 TruNarc makes Camden County deputies more efficient

TruNarc makes Camden County deputies more efficient

TruNarc utilizes a proven scientific method for the analysis of seized drugs.

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 Snohomish County deputies get TruNarc to help with drug investigations

Snohomish County deputies get TruNarc to help with drug investigations

Snohomish County deputies are getting a new tool to help with drug investigations. TruNarc is a sensor that can identify a drug through its packaging.

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Dutch police seize 2.5 tonnes of crystal meth

Dutch police seize 2.5 tonnes of crystal meth

Police in Rotterdam have found 2.5 tonnes of the drug methamphetamine in a secret room at a warehouse, in what is thought to be the biggest seizure of its kind in Europe.


$140 Million worth of methamphetamine found in van

$140 Million worth of methamphetamine found in van

Police have charged a man after methamphetamine valued at more than 140 million USD was found in a van he crashed into police cars parked outside a Sydney police station. 

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Kentucky drug task force agencies get Trunarc

Kentucky drug task force agencies get TruNarc

Eleven drug task force agencies across Kentucky are using a new hand-held device that gives them the ability to analyze drugs in the field before sending them to a lab.  The TruNarc device uses laser technology to identify a wide range of drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl, which can be harmful or even deadly, if absorbed through the skin or inhaled.

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2000 Liters of raw material used for drug manufacturing identified with TruNarc

2000 Liters of raw material used for drug manufacturing identified with TruNarc

The Florida Highway Patrol deployes TruNarc to help them test drugs

The Florida Highway Patrol deployes TruNarc to help them test drugs

Troopers say the device gives them added protection, especially if they end up stopping someone who has fentanyl or carfentanyl, a drug that can be deadly. Troopers say the TruNarc device can analyze a substance and tell the trooper what it is within about two to three minutes. And that evidence is admissible in court.

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Authorities in Indonesia use TruNarc to identify 25kg in meth

Authorities in Indonesia use TruNarc to identify 25kg in meth

See the TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer in action in Aceh Indonesia.

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TruNarc helps police bust one of Europe’s biggest “meth labs”

A major drug ‘cook’ from the Netherlands was caught by German police and lsent to prison for 10 years for running one of the largest methamphetamine labs ever found in Germany, thanks to the TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer, which was used to identify chemicals found in his lab.

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Technology that helps fight fentanyl, the deadliest drug in America

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.

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Technology's role in the fight against narcotics

Technology in the field, including the tried and true Thermo Scientific TruNarc, is helping law enforcement officials stay safer and increasing their situational awareness when encountering both old and new narcotics. 

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Can law enforcement officers be kept safe on the job?

Various police departments across the United States are using TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzers to help combat the opioid epidemic – and keep themselves safe – by carefully identifying unknown substances in the field.

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Into the Tech features the Gemini Analyzer

Fox 25 Boston profiles the Gemini Analyzer

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Fox 25 Boston profiles the TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer.

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TruNarc keeps first responders safe in San Diego

San Diego Sheriff's Department just bought 15 TruNarc devices. The hand-held scanners can detect and identify drugs without the deputies having to come into physical contact because the TruNarc uses laser technology to scan through plastic bags. This technology has become increasingly important with the rise of drugs like Fentanyl. Just a microscopic amount can cause an overdose, which has made first responders wary of handling it.

 Read the ABC 10 News San Diego article

TruNarc helps Gold Coast police wage the war on illegal drugs

TruNarc used in million dollar drug bust in Australia's Gold Coast

A new weapon is helping specialist Gold Coast police wage the war on illegal drugs. "Essentially, it's like having a mobile drug lab in your briefcase," Bond University criminologist Terry Goldsworthy said.

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Arkansas purchases TruNarc to identify drugs on the spot

There have been multiple instances of Arkansas law enforcement officers needing medical attention after handling unknown drugs. TruNarc can identify any illegal substance based on the chemical compound directly through the container, keeping officers safe.

Read the KATV article

State buys 5 TruNarc Analyzers to scan drugs, keep officers safe

Arkansas authorities said Wednesday that new technology purchased by the state will expedite drug identification and save law enforcement officers' lives.  TruNarc will allow officers to identify a narcotic within minutes -- enabling officers to make arrests quicker and collect evidence without the danger of being exposed to dangerous drugs.

Read the Arkansas Democrat Gazette article

TruNarc to help first responders detect drugs in minutes

TruNarc to help first responders detect drugs in minutes

On Wednesday, The Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane unveiled a new device called TruNarc, which can detect over 450 different drugs digitally in just minutes.

"The neat thing about it is you can actually use the laser through the packaging that the controlled substance is in without even opening that package," Lane said.  It safely expedites the process of finding out what substance someone may have overdosed on.

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California police departments adopt a hands-off approach to suspected drug testing with the TruNarc analyzer

La Mesa is one of several local law enforcement agencies in recent months to acquire the handheld TruNarc Analyzer, which allows officers to keep suspected narcotics, including fentanyl, securely encased in its packaging.

Read the San Diego Union-Tribune article

Sheriff’s Office uses TruNarc handheld narcotics analyzer

Sheriff's Office advances technology to improve safety, accuracy

Last month, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office received a grant for a handheld narcotics analyzer called TruNarc, which accurately identifies drugs in minutes and can improve the safety of officers as well as help citizens.

The agency used the TruNarc analyzer for the first time around Jan. 19, when they found a drug dealer in Waldorf with more than $3,000 worth of heroin mixed with fentanyl. By using the TruNarc analyzer directly on the scene, officers were able to quickly identify that the heroin contained fentanyl, which is a very dangerous drug to handle.

Indiana State Police use DOJ grant to buy TruNarc analyzers

The Indiana State Police has purchased three additional TruNarc analyzers with funding from the Department of Justice. The new purchase complements five TruNarc units already deployed by the agency.

“There are drugs out there that are made to look like they’re illegal drugs, but they’re not,” Sgt. John Perrine of ISP said. “This will allow us to determine whether they’re real or fake drugs.”

Watch the story on a local news program.

TruNarc analyzer a game changer in Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Police Department has deployed the TruNarc analyzer, giving law enforcement the opportunity to identify drugs like never before. Describing the TruNarc analyzer as a game changer, Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Jonathan Bowers says the analyzer gives officers rapid information on "what's being shipped in, what's being sold, what's being bought, what's being seized and what people are addicted to right now."

"For us, we need to know day-to-day what we're actually buying and seizing, so to have good quality lab results either immediately or within an hour or two totally changes the game for us," Bowers says. See the story on NewsChannel 15, a local news source.

TruNarc analyzer decreases case backlog by nearly 90%

Collaborating to reduce the social burden of illicit drugs, the New South Wales (Australia) Police and NSW Health Pathology were recent finalists in the NSW Innovation and Health Symposium 2015, held in Sydney.

Since 2013, the team has deployed the TruNarc analyzer to identify suspected drugs at the crime scene. On-site analysis limits the need to send less-than-trafficable quantities to a forensic lab, and frees up staff time for other tasks. As a result of the collaboration, a backlog of 2,500 cases in 2013 was reduced to less than 300 by the end of 2014.