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Nov 18, 2013 12:05 PM by AP

Acadiana crime lab faces uncertain future

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The crime lab that analyzes DNA, blood, fingerprints and other evidence for Acadiana law enforcement agencies faces an uncertain future if more money cannot be found to shore up the lab's budget.

Acadiana Criminalistics Laboratory Director Kevin Ardoin sounded the alarm at a recent meeting of the commission that oversees the facility. Ardoin says the lab will need a supplement of at least $500,000 a year and possibly upwards of $1 million.

District Attorney Phil Haney, whose office handles prosecutions in Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes, tells The Advocate the funding crisis comes as the lab has been making steady progress in reducing the backlog and wait time for evidence processing.

He said the need for a local lab that can quickly handle evidence in criminal cases is critical.

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