While Christmas toys wait safely under the tree for their big day later this month, you might be surprised to learn how much testing they went through before they hit the shelves. Some of the testing that makes sure those gifts are child-ready goes on right here in Georgia. In the port city of Savannah, a new facility has opened to test all types of products coming into the U.S. Chemists in the lab have found some surprising violations, including candy laced with cocaine and stuffed animals stuffed with arsenic.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials say a synthetic drug linked to several hospitalizations in coastal Georgia has been declared as a controlled substance. Agency spokeswoman Sherry Lang says officials had a strain of synthetic marijuana named "Crazy Clown" tested at its crime lab in Savannah and found a new synthetic cannabinoid.
Macon police say they've completed an inventory of the department's crime lab and found that no evidence is missing. An earlier review of the Macon Police Department's evidence room found there was no way to tell who had been in the room or if anyone had changed the evidence record.
Scientists and technicians at Georgia’s state crime labs are finding greener pastures in other states, and their departure for higher wages elsewhere is making it harder for the labs to work through a backlog of cases.