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Dec 17, 2015

Forensic Science Service Receives Cutting Edge Equipment

Another donation by the U.S. Embassy was granted to the National Forensic Science Service in Ladyville in the form of cutting edge equipment.  A gas chromatograph mass spectrometer machine, also referred to as the Ghost, was received by the department this afternoon at a brief handing over ceremony. Valued at approximately three hundred and fifty thousand dollars, the equipment will be used for analysis drugs such as cocaine and marijuana.


David Henderson, Director, National Forensic Science

“This machine is one of the most modern and it is known as Ghost in the forensic world. This machine will better be able to assist the forensic department in the analyzing of unknown substance, fire, trace material and any unknown substance that we might not be able to…that we are not aware of.”


Carlos Moreno

Carlos Moreno, U.S. Ambassador to Belize

“Today we have the pleasure of transferring ownership of a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer, which is an instrument that is used in science labs to evaluate and analyze controlled substances: marijuana, cocaine, parted as well as rock cocaine, unknown substance, bunk or fake substances or mislabeled substances. So this is an instrument that the forensic scientists will be able to use here. It will be heavy dependent on proper training, however, or police who are collecting the evidence to make sure that in the first instance that the evidence is not contaminated—it is collected properly.”


David Henderson

David Henderson

“This department is fairly young because if you look at the forensic department, the end of January, we will only be three years. I think that we are trying to step up to standard and we must reach to the international standard.”


Duane Moody

“How is this going to help with what you guys do on a general basis and to assist with the combating of crime?”


David Henderson

“Well one of the things, as you might be aware, when it comes to toxicology and thing; we used to do very limited. But now we will be able to better address toxicology; any sort of substance and even pharmaceutical drugs.”

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1 Response for “Forensic Science Service Receives Cutting Edge Equipment”

  1. TIMBER says:

    And how long will it take for you all to break that up, just like the thousands of vehicles donated over the years by different foreign governments. I hate to sound negative, but whom in Belize is qualified to do this type of work? I’ve said on numerous occasions, over and over again, the majority of our law officers aren’t educated, and the ones who are follow a “dumb” speaking protocol that was taught. Let’s start with: ” Upon arrival at the scene…” “At approximately….” and “Upon further investigation….”, ” Was he/she known to Police?” and the list goes on and on. None of these officers know how to deliver, as a matter of fact, almost your entire legal population in the courtroom knows how to, from your mayor; and that’s from personal experience. and even your P.M. The only concensus why some of you believe your PM is a good attorney is because of the way the system is set up and the population operates on fear and, mostly importantly, when he uses those “big words” all of you shake your heads like lizards and don’t have any IDEA of what he said. Hence, that makes you more ignorant and illiterate than you even are and plays right into his hands. I visited some of these schools on my last few trips to Belize, even my alma- mater, SJC, and the standard of education is POOR. These kids are being taught material in second and third forms that we were taught in standard V and VI. Whew!

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