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Lab in Spain Busted for Producing Tucibi, a New Synthetic Methamphetamine

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    MADRID-- Spanish police have arrested nine people on drug trafficking and racketeering charges after raids of their underground laboratories in Madrid revealed the synthetic drug known as Tucibi, a relatively new type of methamphetamine.

    Eight of the nine are Colombians, according to law enforcement agents, including a ringleader couple from the Latin American country.

    Police found significant amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine and ketamine in their four raids of two apartments and a couple of underground labs.

    The bust in Spain was announced Saturday, a day after high-level drug lord Alejandro Arboleda Uribe was arrested in the Colombian town of Medellin. Arboleda's nickname is "Alejo Tucibi," as he is considered the creator of the 2CB methamphetamine, also known as "Tucibi."

    Spanish authorities, however, have rejected any connection between Arboleda's arrest and the Madrid police sting.

    AP/June 25, 2016
    Photo: ElColombiano
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Alfa
    lol what? 2CB new? Meth? This article is retarded. Its not known as Tucibi except for those speaking poor English and cannot pronounce 2C-B.
    The medelin cartel did not invent 2C-B. Alexander Shulgin first described the research chemical in PIHKAL.
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    There you go. Blame it on the AP.

    And they're usually the most accurate news service in all aspects.

    Don't know what else to say, but thank you for the clarification, Alfa.
  3. Alfa
    Actually I have found sloppy news articles from AP before. This one takes the cake though. Its clearly written by someone who really doesn't have a clue nor takes a little effort to do some background research.
  4. aemetha
    I don't know what to say. Tucibi is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. There just aren't words for this.
  5. Basoodler
    .. Reminds me of the article that warned of the new drug "roflcopter" (mxe) ;)
  6. ianzombie
    or Cake.

    Don't mention Cake. There is no way to apply harm reduction to the use of cake.

    I am currently in dealings with deed poll to have my name legally changed to Mr. K. Ratom, who is considered the creator of the kratom methamphetamine.
  7. trdofbeingtrd
    Wow, this is just another low that makes you think to yourself "they CAN get even lower in their lies".

    These types of people out there are the ones who really believe that a lie will save more lives than the truth. They probably also get their people to stay in that area and never move away by saying the earth is flat and they will fall off earth if they try to leave.....oh and that the scary monster stevenking will suck all their blood out if they go out after dark.

    Sickening, just fucking sickening.
  8. Alfa
    Since AP got so much of the story wrong the question is if the drug bust was at all related to a cartel and if there was ketamine, meth and cocaine found. The story is so bodged that its likely that they got the rest of the story wrong as well.
  9. Basoodler
  10. Beenthere2Hippie
    That's why I've chosen to formally question the sources of this story via the AP's website.

    As I've said many times before, journalists do fuck up and some even lie, but for the most part the AP has enjoyed a long history of accurate reporting (founded in 1846). In fact it's downright terrifying just how many other news sources immediately jumped into the same got-it-wrong bandwagon along with the AP on this story--all citing the Master of the news, The Associated Press, as their source. This example of inaccurate reporting goes a long way in showing just how lightening quick such mistaken information gets passed around the globe and in a groupthink way that's absorbed as fact in milliseconds:

    ABC NEWS: http://abcnews.go.com/International...st-madrid-drug-bust-methamphetamines-40128778
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/police-arrest-9-in-madrid-drug-bust-for-methamphetamines/384385231/
    Shafaqna: http://usa.shafaqna.com/EN/US/647928
    Google: https://news.google.ca/news/more?ncl=dzNJ1tBOXfvTUhM&authuser=0&ned=ca (*not that this is real news coverage...but lots read it)
    Finance News: http://www.financenewscoverage.com/...in-madrid-drug-bust-for-methamphetamines.html
    Galaxy News: http://www.galaxynewspoint.com/bull...d-drug-bust-for-methamphetamines/1723949.html
    Newsabout: http://newsbout.com/id/16234694271
    And of courese but not surprisingly, good old Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/25/police-arrest-in-madrid-drug-bust-for-methamphetamines.html
    Ditto, The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap...rest-9-Madrid-drug-bust-methamphetamines.html

    When I hear back from the AP on this I will report back here. Then, perhaps, we can at least get some enlightenment on this particular journalistic fuck-up. If nothing else, it'll make me feel better, as a writer and editor, to hear what they have to say for themselves, whether is be apologies or blame-shifting. After all this is my stock and trade, so it is a battle I'm choosing to pick.

  11. Alfa
    2C-B was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin and the effects and synthesis described in his book PIHKAL in 1991. The psychedelic drug has been around in the psychedelic scene in Spain at least since 1994, as it was legally sold by the company drittewelle back then. Since then it has been a relatively popular drug in a small niche, but its not much reported on because there rarely are reported incidents. So 2C-B has been around for at least 22 years in Spain. Nothing new.

    2C-B is pronounced Two-Cee-Bee, or Tucibi if you are in Madrid. lol
    2C-B is a psychedelic phenethylamine. Its effects are nothing like Methamphetamine.
    More info on 2C-B in our wiki here: 2C-B

    I don't know if Arboleda has a nickname and if he is affiliated with 2C-B synthesis or not. But 2C-B was created by Alexander Shulgin.
    2C-B is not a widely popular drug. It seems unlikely that a high level drug lord would be involved with the production of a psychedelic non addictive drug that caters to a very small niche market of mainly psychedelic hippies. Which doesn't add up at all.

    As Spanish authorities have denied this, it appears to me as if a journalist may have tried to tie two events together that may not be connected.
  12. Beenthere2Hippie
    I've already been contacted by someone answering the Sunday mail who said the inquiry has been forwarded to their "intellectual property dept.," a fancy way of saying to the Monday morning desk of some morgue (where after run date stories go to die) editor of international copy. But we should hear something back, and the history (and chemistry) behind the facts that you've presented will I'm sure come in helpful. Thank you.

    I'll be reporting back.
  13. mess clean
    Haha...2-CB methamphetamine. Wow...

    Maybe all this is referring to is that they were selling 2-CB mixed with meth? Anyone ever try that? I know the last time I saw 2-CB was back in '98...

    I don't even know what to say.
  14. nachofish
    ...a relatively new type of methamphetamine.

    They could've at least done some research and made up something a little more credible.

    This is also an insult to Sasha (R.I.P.).
  15. trdofbeingtrd
    Synthetic methamphetmine? No thank you, if I wanted it still, I go with natural organic home garden methamphetmine.
  16. nomud
    From what I've heard 2C-B is/was huge in the dance clubs in Columbia.
    I'd guess maybe.That "maybe" which is a huge leap here.Went from the
    phenethylamine variety to the 2,5-dimethoxy-4Br-N-methyl-2-propananamine.
    That would be a ring substituted meth as MDMA is.After all if someone asks me
    what's the difference between meth and MDMA ? CO2. ;).CO2 can be good for
    you and plants.If it's in the correct location.
  17. Beenthere2Hippie
    You're right, Alfa.

    This story appears to be is a case of non-existent researching on the part of an unnamed writer(s). Hell, a cub reporter in his first year working news knows that you never take the word of the police or local news media, or any single source alone, ever, let alone on a story as trendy and multi-faceted as one such as this. It's hard to believe that the writer assigned to this story on a new recreational drug appearing on the social scene of Spain's' capital city didn't see the importance of interviewing people using the drug, questioning one or more chemists or drug researchers on effort to get a more accurate accounting of the compound, and to enough understanding of the facts to figure out if such a substance actually exists--and if what authorities claim to be the truth about the drug is even in the ballpark of accurate?

    The writer(s) responsible for this story did not just drop the ball; this person never even saw the ball coming--or had control of it to begin with. Hard to believe in today's day and age, but what seems to be the case here.

    Quite surprising, disappointing, infuriating.

  18. Beenthere2Hippie
    I failed to mention that I am waiting to hear back from Mr. Berland after forwarding the information (Alfa provided) to his attention for further consideration. I will report what their response, if any, back is here when I get one.
  19. prescriptionperil
    Haha, thanks Alfa. That's rather funny.

    And, BT2H goes beyond the call of duty, again.
  20. Alfa
    Ah the mail online takes this fake news a step further:
    Police arrest 9 in Madrid drug bust for methamphetamines
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