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Valdosta Crime Lab tests drugs faster

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Drug cases will be taken to court much faster in Lowndes County now that chemists with the Valdosta Regional Crime Lab are trained to test drugs faster in house.

It used to take up to six months for drug analyses when samples were sent to state labs.

Now the crime lab can have tests finished in 3 weeks. The Valdosta Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office will no longer have to use state labs. The faster testing will help speed up the court system and alleviate the burden on state labs.

"That's a tremendous asset not only to us but it certainly helps the prosecutor's office. But at the end of the day its all about our community and the citizens," said Valdosta Police Chief, Brian Childress.

The Police Department and the Sheriff's Office hope to eventually open up the lab to surrounding counties for drug testing.

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