Drug Analysis

As police forces increasingly seek to reduce forensic budgets by testing and identifying drugs and cannabis plant yields ‘in-house’ it is perhaps more necessary than ever before to ensure the proper forensic analysis of controlled drugs is conducted.

Areas in which we cover include:

Cannabis production, cultivation and cannabis plant yield assessments.

Testing and identification of controlled substances.

Examination of drug packaging and paraphernalia.

Drug purities and comparisons of samples.

Drug legislation.

Dr Richard Hooker is our expert in drug analysis and joined Allen Morgan Associates in 2012 after 25 years at the Forensic Science Service (FSS) where he was a senior forensic scientist.

Dr Hooker specialises in drugs cases and in particular he is a cannabis cultivation expert having visited hundreds of production scenes to assess and advise investigative teams.

Dr Hooker also has significant expertise in many other areas relating to illicit drugs, including drug synthesis, designer drugs, new psychoactive substances and drug importation, as well as chemical/physical comparisons of drug materials and drug packaging materials. He has reviewed a number of cases involving the presence of ‘drugs on money’ and addressed the significance or otherwise of such findings.

Whilst at the FSS laboratory in London, Dr Hooker was a lead cannabis cultivation expert for many years. He was heavily involved in training colleagues and law enforcement officers in matters relating to drugs cases, crime scene examination and presenting expert evidence at court.

Dr Hooker is a professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Since joining our team Dr Hooker has provided expert evidence on behalf of both the Crown and the Defence in a variety of cases including a number of large-scale amphetamine production cases, cannabis cultivation cases ranging from small-scale domestic set-ups to industrial units and a number of cases where challenges have been made to the identification, purity or form of drug recovered.

Dr Hooker’s extensive knowledge of forensic issues makes him a true authority on drug-related matters.