It's about time the DEA did something good for us!
According to the latest Microgram journal, a lab was recently busted in CA. This lab was producing counterfeit Oxycontin tablets which contained fentanyl (most likely any junkies reading this probably have heard of these) and adulterated 'ecstasy' tablets which contained MDA, fentanyl and caffeine (square tablets with a "K" imprint - likewise, many ecstasy users may have heard of these). Also found were tablets which appeared to be 'ecstasy' tablets, but which actually contained TMA (trimethoxyamphetamine).
INTELLIGENCE ALERT -
LARGE FENTANYL / MDA / TMA LABORATORY IN AZUZA, CALIFORNIA
- POSSIBLY THE “OC-80” TABLET SOURCE -
The DEA Southwest Laboratory (Vista, California) recently received multiple exhibits from a very large-scale clandestine laboratory, including various tablets (including apparent OC-80 logo Oxycontin® tablets), a variety of chemicals, and drug manufacturing recipes. The laboratory (which included a tablet press) was located in Azuza (a suburb of Los Angeles), and was seized by personnel from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and Crime Laboratory (see Photos 11 and 12). The initial appraisal of this site suggested that MDMA was being manufactured; however, subsequent laboratory analyses and a review of the recipes (acquired from the Internet) confirmed that it was actually producing fentanyl and 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA).
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The fentanyl appeared to be synthesized using the Siegfried route, and was found in both tablet and powder forms. One tablet exhibit contained 201 round, green tablets bearing the “OC-80” logo (total net mass 27.5 grams). These appeared to be distinctly undersized mimics of legitimate Oxycontin® tablets (which contain 80 milligrams of oxycodone; see Photos 13 and 14); however, analysis by GC, GC/MS, and IR indicated that these tablets actually contained 1.5 mg of fentanyl hydrochloride. Tablets like these have been seized throughout the country, and it appears that this lab was a source or possibly the source (could not be confirmed, because the tablet press, punches, and dies were not submitted). There were many thousands of these tablets at the laboratory.
Other Ecstasy-type tablets and associated powders were found to contain a combination of MDA, fentanyl, and caffeine. The tablets came in four different logos: A) A Lacoste® Alligator (268 tablets, total net mass 66.0 grams (see Photo 15)); B) An unusual character that appeared to be an elongated letter “C” and its mirror-image interlocked back-to-back, somewhat similar to the Chanel® logo (101 tablets, total net mass 22.4 grams (see Photo 16)); C) An “XL” (1 tablet, 240 milligrams (No Photo)); and D) A “K” (996 square white tablets, total net mass 223.3 grams (No Photo)). Analysis of the tablets (same techniques) indicated an average of 14.2 milligrams of MDA and 1.0 milligrams of fentanyl (average tablet weight 224 milligrams). The synthetic route to MDA was not determined; however, large amounts of safrole were among the chemicals seized at the laboratory (but 3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl-2-propanone (MDP2P) was not identified in any of the submitted samples).
Finally, 1640 blue, diamond shaped tablets (total net mass 620.4 grams) were found to contain 2,4,5-trimethoxyamphetamine hydrochloride (TMA, quantitation not done due to lack of a reference standard (see Photo 17)). No ingredients or recipes for TMA were identified at the laboratory, and it was therefore concluded that these tablets were not produced at this site.
The Southwest Laboratory has previously received “OC-80” Oxycontin® mimic tablets; however, these were the first ever submissions of Ecstasy-type tablets containing mixtures of fentanyl, MDA, and caffeine, and of blue, diamond-shaped tablets containing TMA, to the laboratory. This is also the second fentanyl-producing clandestine laboratory encountered in southern California in the past year and a half.