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The city's Legal and Finance Committee approved Wednesday the purchase of new drug-testing equipment to augment the efforts of the Rapid City Police Department’s evidence lab.

The equipment — a Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry System (GCMS), and a UV-Vis Spectrometry — costs $76,448 and will be used to test and identify suspected drugs seized from suspects. A South Dakota Drug Control Fund grant of $85,000 will cover the cost.

The new UV machine will replace an older one, while the new GCMS system gives the lab two of the instruments, helping to increase the amount of samples the lab can test. Through Oct. 1, the lab has completed 979 drug-test requests this year.

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Contact Samuel Blackstone at samuel.blackstone@rapidcityjournal.com and follow him on Twitter or Facebook @SDBlackstone.

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