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NCJ Number: 119792 Find in a Library
Title: Leuckart-specific Impurities in Amphetamine and Methamphetamine Seized in Norway
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:36  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (January-March 1984)  Pages:47-57
Author(s): M Lambrechts; K E Rasmussen
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 11
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: Data from samples of 28 amphetamine and 7 methamphetamine seizures in Norway from 1975 to 1982 formed the basis of an analysis of impurities specific to the Leuckart method of synthesizing these drugs.
Abstract: The analysis showed that the amphetamine and methamphetamine contents varied from 9 to 99 percent and from 9 to 72 percent respectively. Impurities originating from the synthesis of the illicit samples were identified by gas chromatography combined with mass spectrometry. All the methamphetamine samples contained N-formyl-methamphetamine, a Leuckart-specific compound. In addition, 79 percent of the amphetamine samples contained 4-methyl-5phenyl-pyrimidine and N-formyl-amphetamine. Thus, the amphetamine and methamphetamine seized in Norway from 1975 to 1982 was most often synthesized by the Leuckart method. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug analysis
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Drug manufacturing; Norway
Note: Special issue on the role of narcotics laboratories in combating the illicit drug traffic
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