Florida's Top Forensic Scientist

By Julie Montanaro
August 15, 7:51pm

A Tallahassee toxicologist got a nod from the Governor and Cabinet.

Tuesday, FDLE crime lab analyst Dan Richardson was named Florida's forensic scientist of the year. His forte is figuring out how to extract marijuana and other drugs from blood and urine and using that to help put drunk drivers and rapists behind bars.

Richardson says what he's doing isn't so unusual, but he's found a way to do it faster, cutting the time per sample down to about 30 minutes.

Richardson was thrilled that someone who usually works behind the scenes was in the spotlight.

"It really means a lot to me to be recognized by the Governor and Cabinet for the things we're achieving in the lab. It really does mean a lot to me," he said.