Montana Crime Lab Gets Stimulus Grant

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – A $200,000 stimulus grant is going to the Montana State Crime Lab to help knock down a case backlog.

The grant from the Board of Crime Control will allow the state to buy new equipment for its toxicology lab. Montana State Crime Lab Director Dace McAlpin says that over the last six years, the lab has reduced its backlog and now is often able to process tests and other evidence within 30 days. He says the new equipment will help further reduce the case load and backlog.

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