The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Public Safety says its laboratory in Hobbs is now capable of doing forensic analysis on firearms.
The lab can also test cartridge cases, make bullet comparisons, restore serial numbers and do other examinations related to firearms.
Agency officials say the lab's new capabilities will mirror those offered in Santa Fe and will help expedite cases around the state that involve firearms.
In addition to the labs in Santa Fe and Hobbs, the department operates a lab in Las Cruces that focuses on analyzing controlled substances, latent prints and other kinds of trace evidence such as fire debris.