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Drugs On Money Testing

Key Forensic Services are the only UK based ISO 17025 accredited laboratory for the testing of both polymer and conventional paper banknotes for traces of drugs.

World leading scientists

Our scientists are world-leaders in testing for evidence of Drugs on Money and are based at our 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.

The evidence that KFS produces from trace analysis is used to assist with the prosecution of many different cases.

For example, in cases involving drug trafficking 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 utilises specialised mass spectrometry methods that allow highly specific identification of substances present at very low levels on banknotes and other articles of investigative interest, such as mobile phones and clothing. The methodology provides a means for the fast processing of items through direct analysis requiring no sample preparation. This allows rapid screening of large sums of money or ‘while you wait’ examination of smaller cases.

Key features of our drugs on money testing service:

KFS has the largest ongoing database of sterling banknotes in the world, with both paper and polymer banknotes taken from general circulation and those known to be associated with drug related crime. This database information is used by our scientists to compare with results obtained from sampling exhibits.
By analysing each banknote individually, a greater understanding of the spread of contamination is achieved. By using a real-time trace analysis technique called Tandem Mass Spectrometry, our scientists can see the results as each banknote is analysed in real time.
We do not destroy exhibits. Items can be introduced directly into the instrument or sampled indirectly without damage. We can also preserve exhibits for fingerprint, or other forms of analysis.

Further information

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