8LB block of opium
The DEA South Central Laboratory (Dallas, Texas) recently received a submission of alleged opium from the DEA Houston Field Division (see Photo 8). The exhibit was originally seized by the Turkish National Police in Istanbul, and was transferred to DEA custody for a controlled delivery in the United States (circumstances withheld). The dark-colored, gummy sample was 12 x 6.5 x 3.5 inches, was wrapped in both clear and dark colored plastic, and was transported inside a suitcase. Analysis of the material (total net mass 3,857 grams) by GC/MS and GC/IR identified morphine, codeine, thebaine, papaverine, and noscapine, confirming opium (alkaloids not quantitated). Submissions of opium to the South Central Laboratory are not uncommon, but the amount in this case was unusually large.