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bromo-dragonfly

2008 The Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services Clandestine Laboratory Division (Brisbane, Australia) recently received a submission of five exhibits, one labelled as and all suspected to contain Bromo-DragonFLY (1-(8-bromobenzo[1,2-b;4,5-b’]-difuran-4-yl)-2-aminopropane hydrochloride; Bromo-Benzodifuranyl-Isopropylamine Hydrochloride), a hallucinogenic designer drug related to 4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DOB) and 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine (2C-B) (see Figure, right). The exhibits consisted of: A) A clip sealed plastic bag containing a quantity of a pink powder, hand-labelled as “FLY 4 Bromo Dragonfly” (see Photo 3 (all photos next page)); B) a plastic jar containing a pink paste (see Photo 4); and C) three different bottles each containing a pink liquid with a suspended pink sediment (see Photos 5, 6, and 7). The jar and all three bottles were commercially labelled as various forms of specialty paints. The exhibits were seized by the Australian Crime Commission (circumstances sensitive). Analysis of the materials (total net mass approximately 750 grams) by GC/MS, GC/IRD, and FTIR confirmed Bromo-DragonFLY (NMR and XRD analyses are still pending). This was the laboratory’s first encounter with Bromo-DragonFLY, and appears to be the first such seizure within Australia. This was also the laboratory’s first encounter with smuggling illicit substances as paints.

bromo-dragonfly
Terrapinzflyer, Sep 17, 2009