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By Augie Frost Modified: May 3, 2008 at 7:09 am •  Published: May 2, 2008

> The first department to move into the new 86,000-square-foot center — the old one was a mere 19,000-square-feet — was the latent print department, which specializes in fingerprints. The next departments to go were firearms and drugs.

The trace evidence and toxicology departments were next, with trace evidence being very instrument heavy. Trace evidence would include investigating fibers, arsons, and other materials, Curtis said.

Lastly, the biology department was moved.

“Biology is the largest by far,” Curtis said.

All of their equipment also had to be re-calibrated by a factory technician. Still, Curtis said, no investigation was slowed.

Biology is responsible for DNA and handles most of the caseload of the agency. Most are in relation to murder and sex crime investigations, Curtis said.

OSBI does not have a large store of evidence of any kind simply because the evidence comes and goes like a revolving door as investigations are completed and returned to respective agencies.

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