40 yr old psilocybin tablets
- INTELLIGENCE BRIEF - 40 YEAR OLD PSILOCYBIN TABLETS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA The State of California, Bureau of Forensic Services Laboratory (Eureka, California) recently received an interesting polydrug submission from Mendocino County (about 110 miles north of San Francisco), including cocaine powder (1.08 grams), dimethyltryptamine (DMT, compressed powder, 0.07 grams), an MDA capsule (0.09 grams), an MDMA capsule (0.23 grams), methamphetamine (0.49 grams), methaqualone tablets (two standard Lemmon 714 logo tablets), psilocybin mushrooms (36.01 grams), and psilocybin tablets (six, single scored, in very fragile condition). The exhibits were seized by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office (circumstances not reported); analysis was done with a variety of color tests and GC/MS. The submission had a number of unusual aspects - the DMT powder was highly compressed, had a strong mothball odor (not further identified), and had the appearance of amber (see Photo 5), the MDA and MDMA were both present in clear gelatin capsules, methaqualone tablets hadn't been seen by the laboratory in years, and the psilocybin tablets were in what appeared to be the original packaging (glass bottle with metal screw on lid, labelled: "Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, 50 tablets, Psilocybin, each tablet contains 10 mg, Research Material") (see Photo 6). According to the Drug Identification Bible, 2002, these tablets were manufactured between 1958 and 1965. GC/MS analysis of the psilocybin tablets showed minute traces of psilocin, with the major peaks being the tablet binders. None of the exhibits were quantitated. This was the laboratory's first ever encounter with psilocybin tablets.