Construction expected to begin in June and be completed by early 2015
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office expects to begin construction this summer on a new crime lab estimated at $10 million.
Sheriff Jack Strain said the new facility would allow forensic investigators and equipment to be relocated from a run-down former vehicle garage near the jail in Covington.
Strain says the lab is being funded by $2 million in court fees paid by convicted criminals and an $8 million bond issue already approved by the State Bond Commission.
The Times-Picayune reports the new lab will be located at the sheriff's office administrative headquarters in Slidell. Construction should begin in June and be completed by early 2015.
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