Drug Identification Unit

The drug laboratory analyzes all contraband seized by the Massachusetts State Police, local police agencies, and some federal agencies within the Commonwealth.  These items are examined for the presence or absence of controlled substances.
The most common substances identified at our drug laboratory include:

• Marihuana
• Cocaine
• Heroin
• Prescription drugs

To assist in their analyses, drug analysts in our laboratories may utilize analytical instrumentation that allow for the identification of a wide range of controlled and non-controlled substances. This instrumentation may include:

• Ultraviolet/Visible Spectrophotometers (UV/VIS)
• Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers (FTIR)
• Gas Chromatograph-Flame Ionization Detectors (GC-FID)
• Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometers (GC-MS)

After completing an analysis, a drug analyst will generate a certificate of analysis reflecting his or her findings and testify in court if necessary.

Members of the drug unit may also respond to clandestine laboratory investigations within the Commonwealth and on occasion may provide technical assistance to law enforcement personnel in their ongoing investigations.
The Massachusetts State Police Forensic Services Group maintains two drug laboratories to serve the Commonwealth:

Massachusetts State Police Forensic Services Group
59 Horse Pond Road
Sudbury, Massachusetts 01776
Phone: 508-358-3164
FAX: 508-358-3224

Massachusetts State Police Forensic Services Group
190 Carando Drive
Springfield, Massachusetts 01104
Phone: 413-205-1888
FAX: 413-205-1802

For discovery-related requests pertaining to MSP FSG drug analyses, please contact our Case Management Unit at:

Massachusetts State Police
Forensic and Technology Center
124 Acton Street
Maynard, MA 01754
Phone: (978) 451-3440
Fax: (978) 451-3459

For discovery-related requests pertaining to work performed at the Hinton Drug Laboratory (prior to September 1, 2012), please email your request, including the sample number, to Robert.Benenson@massmail.state.ma.us with a carbon-copy to Alim.Adatia@massmail.state.ma.us. Also, please refer to the Hinton Drug Lab Protocol PDF for additional information.

For questions pertaining to summonsing former Hinton laboratory personnel, please refer to the Hinton Drug Lab Protocol pdf format of Hinton Drug Lab Protocol