B.S., Biological Science, California State University, Sacramento, June, 1993
B.A., Chemistry, California State University, Sacramento, June, 1993
Clan Lab Program Manager and Principal Instructor
Brian Escamilla has been an instructor with NES since 2002 and has trained thousands of personnel across the United States in various narcotics-related and HAZWOPER-based health and safety classes. His primary responsibilities with NES are developing, scheduling, and updating all clandestine laboratory (clan lab) courses and field guides, which draw heavily from the HAZWOPER standard and emergency response guidelines. He also trains instructors, ensuring they are equipped with the most current health and safety information.
Mr. Escamilla has researched and manufactured methamphetamine, PCP, MDMA, methcathinone, fentanyl, euphoria, and various other drugs in a controlled laboratory setting. He has a well-respected reputation for providing testimony in the areas of crime scene investigation, controlled substances, blood alcohol, and clandestine laboratories and has testified in state and federal judicial systems as a court-qualified Expert Witness. His knowledge and opinions are sought after by such eminent disseminators of information as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and CBC News. He has published over 35 papers, conducted over 80 workshops, and given over 20 conference presentations related to narcotics and clandestine laboratories at conferences throughout the United States.
Mr. Escamilla is a retired Criminalist with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Laboratory of Forensic Services. While serving as Lead Criminalist with Sacramento County in the Controlled Substances section, Mr. Escamilla responded to and analyzed the evidence for over 200 clandestine laboratory scenes. During his 19 years of service with Sacramento County, Mr. Escamilla also served as Laboratory Safety Officer, managing all hazardous waste handling, storage, health, and safety programs and associated training, in addition to ensuring the laboratory complied with OSHA regulations.
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