A recent addition to our range of services, Key Forensic Services are the only UKAS-accredited laboratory for the testing of both polymer and conventional paper banknotes for traces of drugs.
Our scientists are world-leaders in testing for evidence of Drugs on Money and are based at our ISO-17025 accredited trace detection laboratory that specialises in testing for illicit drugs on banknotes.
By using our innovative technology, our scientists can test thousands of banknotes quickly and effectively, without the need for environmentally-damaging solvents or destroying the evidence.
Our trace evidence is supporting evidence that is used in many different prosecution cases.
For example, in cases involving money laundering, drug trafficking and/or possession with intent to supply, our scientists can analyse a person’s banknotes and demonstrate if they are likely to suggest involvement in such activity.
To do this, KFS use our own triple quad mass spectrometers that deliver two stages of identification through two stages of mass spectrometry where two separate techniques are used to identify substances. The legal requirement for high specificity is satisfied by utilising ion transitions which are highly characteristic of the target substances. The mass spectrometers use bespoke thermal ion sources that enable the fast processing of items through direct analysis requiring no sample preparation, glassware or solvents. The thermal sources are used with paper/cotton banknotes and swabs for testing polymer banknotes. The use of swabs also allows other artefacts, such as mobile phones and clothing to be tested.