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NCJ Number: 158065 Find in a Library
Title: Internally Concealed Cocaine: Analytical and Diagnostic Aspects
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:40  Issue:5  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:811-815
Author(s): M J Bogusz; H Althoff; M Erkens; R Maier; R Hofmann
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the diagnostic reliability of urine and saliva immunoassay, as checked against an x-ray examination, for the detection of internally concealed cocaine; subjects were 27 persons arrested in Germany for smuggling cocaine in 1993-1994.
Abstract: While the x-ray examination showed positive results in all cases, the EMIT cocaine metabolite assay was positive in only 8 samples; 11 samples were later classified as positive when the cutoff score was reduced. All saliva samples showed negative immunochemical results. The number of concealed containers carried per person ranged from 44 to 135. There was a distinct interpersonal variability in drug packages, in terms of number of protective layers used, size, weight, and cocaine purity. 2 figures, 4 tables, and 18 references
Main Term(s): Drug detection
Index Term(s): Airport drug searches; Cocaine; Drug smuggling; Science and Technology
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