Illicit Drugs Analysis

The Illicit Drug Analysis Unit primarily supports the NSW justice system, but also contributes to public safety through notifications to NSW Health of potentially dangerous substances or dosages identified in seized drug material.

The analytical services provided to government bodies include NSW Police Force, NSW Communities and Justice, NSW Health and the Australian Defence Force.  The unit offers comprehensive testing, reporting and expert testimony on all aspects of illicit drug analysis, including rapid analysis for time sensitive submissions and drug importations. Our analysts are recognized under both NSW and Commonwealth legislation as providing expert analysis and reporting on the detection of:

  • illicit drugs, including the more traditional drugs such as cannabis, methylamphetamine, MDMA, other amphetamine-type substances, heroin, LSD and cocaine. 
  • new psychoactive substances.
  • pharmaceuticals, including fake pharmaceuticals.
  • performance and image enhancing drugs, including steroids.
  • precursors and chemicals used in the manufacture of illicit drugs. 
  • the presence of other forensically relevant chemicals.

The team identifies a multitude of steroids in various preparations using the latest QTRAP® technology and provides expert evidence in all areas of illicit drug manufacture, analytical processes and interpretation of results.

Highly trained specialists take a primary role in the examination of clandestine laboratory crime scene evidence and can provide scientific advice during the assessment and processing phases. We also offer specialist services in botanical examination and identification of forensically relevant plant material including cannabis, cannabis seed and other trace botanical material.

The unit has strong connections with jurisdictions across Australia and expert staff are up to date on the trends within the NSW illicit drug environment, providing training and presentations to NSW Police (including overseas police) and the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The unit can provide intelligence on trends from traditional drugs, the emergence of more sophisticated drugs, and the size and scale of seizures and clandestine operations.

If you would like any more information please contact Una Cullinan (02) 9646 0222.