Police testing handheld meth detectors


By Pete Smith
The USA TODAY

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Police are hopeful that a handheld device an Arizona company says can detect methamphetamine with the click of a button will provide them with a new investigative tool, but some lawyers already are raising concerns.

The meth scanner is being evaluated by law enforcement agencies in Missouri and Arizona. Tucson-based CDEX, the manufacturer, also plans tests on different types of meth in the next four weeks.

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