DEA Forensic Analysis

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At times, there are certain cases where investigators run into dead ends or obstacles depending on the circumstances at hand. As in this case of the kidnapping and murder of special agent Enrique Camarena and Captain Alfredo Zavala, the DEA and forensic investigators faced many hurdles. The processing of significant evidence was constantly put to a halt. The DEA and investigators were unable to do things in the way that they wanted to. This put them through many challenges and hurdles in the investigative process. However, standard forensic techniques can help tremendously in solving cases no matter what obstacle an investigator may face. Some of the biggest challenges they faced was with the interference of crucial evidence.
The FBI forensic team were not able to fully process some important samples that were taken from the Mexican police. MFJP did not let them process the evidence until the fall of the year 1985, through agreement between the U.S. and Mexican government (Saferstein, 2015). They were pressured with the timeliness of this case and this put them behind. Also, the Mexican police first searched the residence where the victims were held captive at 881 Lope De Vega,
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Earlier in the investigation, the DEA investigators obtained a soil sample from a park that was of interest. La Primavera Park was where they retrieved a sample of the soil. They were able to match this sample to the samples of soil that the FBI forensic team had taken from the victim’s bodies almost perfectly. By finding out this information, they could explain how the park was their initial burial site before the bodies were transported to Bravo ranch. No matter how many obstacles they were faced with, the case was solved due to the use of forensic science

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