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St. Paul crime lab to seek accreditation

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May 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul police crime lab plans to seek accreditation through a national board that evaluates forensic testing.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports it would demonstrate that St. Paul police have turned around the embattled crime lab, which the department shut down in 2012 after a Dakota County court case revealed widespread problems.

Police Chief Tom Smith said the lab that reopened last August already is breaking major cases. He said it helped recently solve a kidnapping case believed to involve the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel.

Department spokesman Howie Padilla says they will seek the accreditation later this month.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill last month that required crime labs across the state to be accredited to test drugs or conduct other forensic analysis.

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