MDMA cut with MSG
MDMA cut w/ MSG. A strange one courtesy the Microgram The DEA North Central Laboratory (Chicago, Illinois) recently received three exhibits consisting of two plastic bags of off-white, crystalline powders and one plastic bag of finely ground, light green powder, all suspected MDMA (see Photos 4 and 5). The first two exhibits (origin not reported) were seized by Customs and Border Patrol personnel at the JFK International Mail Facility (Jamaica, New York), while the third was seized at a residence in Cleveland, Ohio (the relationship between the exhibits was not disclosed). Analysis of the first and second exhibits (total net masses 299.6 and 304.7 grams, respectively) by color testing (ferric chloride (red-orange)), FTIR, GC/FID, and GC/MS confirmed 49.1 and 62.5 percent MDMA hydrochloride, respectively, both cut with monosodium glutamate (MSG; not quantitated). Analysis of the green powder (total net mass 11.8 grams) by FTIR, GC/FID, and GC/MS, however, indicated not MDMA but rather a low percentage of mescaline (not quantitated). Microscopic examination of the green powder indicated that it was plant material, but it could not be further identified (however, the identification of mescaline suggests it was prepared from one of the peyote-type cacti). These are the first submissions of MDMA hydrochloride/MSG powders to the North Central Laboratory.