After crash, trucker’s blood showed heroin-related substance

Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 10:35 PM EDT
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CONCORD, New Hampshire (WABI) - A forensic toxicologist testified that blood drawn from a truck driver two hours after he was in a deadly collision with motorcyclists in 2019 showed the presence of a substance made when the body breaks down heroin.

An official with NMS Labs says “6-MAM” was found in an amount “below the reporting limit,” the concentration of substances that can be measured accurately.

She was questioned by lawyers during the trial of Volodymyr Zhukovskyy about how long heroin stays in the system.

Prosecutors say he was impaired at the time of the head-on crash in New Hampshire.

His lawyers say the lead motorcyclist was drunk and caused the crash.

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