BELLEVILLE - The Illinois State Police have opened a new forensics laboratory in southern Illinois to help them solve crimes.
On Tuesday, the Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory opened in Belleville, and officials say it will feature state-of-the-art equipment.
The new lab was funded through the state's capital construction program and was built on land purchased from Lindenwood University in 2007. The 64,000-square-foot lab will replace a much smaller lab in Fairview Heights.
According to Illinois State Police, the nearly $42 million lab will assist police agencies throughout the region with their investigations, testing everything from firearms to DNA.