NMDPS Forensic Laboratories Bureau

Las Cruces Forensic Laboratory

PO Box 2336
Las Cruces, NM 88047-2336
Tel. (575) 541-7580
Fax (575) 541-7594

History

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Las Cruces Forensic Laboratory began operation in a small facility located on the campus of New Mexico State University (NMSU) in November of 1989. Initially, the Las Cruces Forensic Laboratory provided forensic services in Controlled Substance analysis and Latent Print comparison to the southern portion of New Mexico.

In the summer of 1998, the Las Cruces Forensic Laboratory was relocated from the NMSU campus and established within the Southwest Border High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) complex in Las Cruces, NM.

Present Day

The Las Cruces Forensic Laboratory continues to provide critical forensic services in Controlled Substance analysis and Latent Print examinations for the state of New Mexico. In addition, the Laboratory has expanded services to provide fire debris analysis and quantitative analysis of methamphetamine for the entire State of New Mexico. The Las Cruces Forensic Laboratory features state-of-the-art instrumentation, large examination areas, and individual offices for each member of the technical staff.

The NMDPS Las Cruces Forensic Laboratory is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). Accreditation is a voluntary program in which the laboratory demonstrates adherence to established quality standards.

Services provided at the Las Cruces Forensic Laboratory