Volume 49, Issue 4 (July 2004)
Review of: Forensic Investigation of Clandestine Laboratories
This volume provides a helpful resource both for those familiar with assisting in the seizure of clandestine laboratories and for those who may be interested in becoming involved in this particular endeavor. It will not, as the author notes, train you to be a clandestine laboratory investigator. Reading this book is rather cumbersome due to the writing style and somewhat excessive wordiness and would certainly have benefited from some additional editing. Much of what is written in the early chapters appears to be presented more as an idealistic or academic review of the stepwise processes rather than a “real world” portrait of the way clandestine laboratory seizures frequently occur. For example, the text emphasizes the “on site” evaluation of seized chemicals and equipment to make a determination of the target drug and of the synthesis method being used. Quite often, however, this information is already known prior to the lab seizure and is, in part, the basis for obtaining a search warrant.