NYPD wants more drug field testing


By Rocco Parascandola
Newsday

NEW YORK — The NYPD wants more narcotics cops to learn how to field- test the heroin, cocaine and marijuana they seize, Newsday has learned.

The tests - to confirm a narcotic is what police suspect and enable a case to be brought — have been conducted for years by officers in the borough narcotics units. But under terms of a new pilot program, field-testing is being expanded to the precinct Street Narcotics Enforcement units in Brooklyn. Other boroughs will be brought aboard if the pilot is successful, police sources said.

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