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NCJ Number: 119791 Find in a Library
Title: Commerce in Drugs and Chemicals and the Detection of Clandestine Laboratories
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:36  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (January-March 1984)  Pages:25-31
Author(s): G R Haislip
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 7
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: In 1982 the United States Drug Enforcement Administration recorded 225 seizures of clandestine laboratories for drug production, an increase of 23 percent over the preceding year.
Abstract: These laboratories most commonly produced methamphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), amphetamine, and methaqualone. Special techniques are used to determine whether a seized drug has been clandestinely manufactured and to identify its source. These techniques involve detailed physical and chemical examinations. The results of these examinations are computerized and compared with reference samples to provide indications of the drug source. Undercover techniques are also effectively used for the detection of clandestine laboratories. Findings have also shown that the chemicals necessary for the illegal production of drugs of abuse were often diverted from legitimate sources through international commerce, which, together with clandestine laboratories, are recognized as an international problem requiring monitoring through international cooperation. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug manufacturing
Index Term(s): Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Drug law enforcement
Note: Special issue on the role of narcotics laboratories in combating the illicit drug traffic
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