WA Police to receive 25 drug testing machines to combat meth-scourge

WA Police to receive 25 drug testing machines to combat meth-scourge

In an effort to crack down on meth use in the state, WA Police have been given new devices which allow them to detect illicit substances on the spot.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said drug syndicates are becoming more sophisticated and it’s important police are equipped to combat the drug scourge.

“These new handheld Tru Narc machines can scan for more than 450 suspected illegal substances, including materials that are commonly used as drug cutting agents,” she said.

“They are especially effective because they can test through glass and plastic, protecting the tester from exposure to drugs and preventing cross-contamination of collected evidence.”

WA Police will be given 29 of the devices to be used by Meth Border Force operatives.

They will also receive 55 devices which would allow front-line police to download information and evidence from mobile phones to provide access to new leads.

Mrs Roberts said the additional software will expand the capability of police to analyse information and gather intelligence.