Coffee County Sheriff’s Office to get money for drug identifying technology


COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A $24,000 state grant will help the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office pay for a TruNarc analyzer.

The device can be used during traffic stop or during a search warrant in deterring if a substance is a drug.

It can detect more than 400 different types of drugs including cocaine and heroin.

If the substance is fentanyl, it can be lethal to the touch. The analyzer can help ensure safety of law enforcement.

“It identifies on the spot what you got, you don’t have to wait going to the crime lab and find what you got going to court and move on from there,” explained Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth.

Whitworth said the department has provided mutual aid by analyzing drugs for surrounding Wiregrass law enforcement agencies.

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