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NCJ Number: 119793 Find in a Library
Title: Benzoyltropeine, an Unusual Substance in Street Heroin Samples
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:36  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (January-March 1984)  Pages:59-67
Author(s): F Mari; E Bertol; M Tosti
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 9
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: An effort to differentiate between benzoyltropeine and tropacocaine in samples of heroin seized in Florence, Italy in 1981 involved the use of several analytical techniques.
Abstract: The benzoyltropeine was difficult to differentiate from tropacocaine, of which it is an isomer, because of the lack of analytical data on it. The laboratory techniques used included thin-layer chromatography (TLC), gas chromatography (GC), high-resolution gas chromatography (HRGC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Results showed TLC and HRGC to be the most suitable for differentiation between the two substances. A specific identification of isomers of these substances was obtained by using nuclear magnetic resonance and GCMS techniques. This differentiation is important because benzoyltropeine has often been found in recent seizures of heroin in Italy. This heroin was mainly destined for international illicit drug trafficking and particularly for the market in North America. Figures, table, and 4 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug analysis
Index Term(s): Heroin; Italy
Note: Special issue on the role of narcotics laboratories in combating the illicit drug traffic
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