methamphetamine bricks

PORT OF ENTRY The DEA Southwest Laboratory (Vista, California) recently received a two-part submission consisting of: A) seven heat-sealed food-saver bags of crystalline material, apparent “Ice” methamphetamine, wrapped in black carbon paper, blue-colored grease, and plastic wrap; and B) 12 heat-sealed food-saver bags, each containing a small brick of compressed, off-white material, wet with toluene, wrapped in brown plastic tape, black plastic tape, and plastic wrap, suspected methamphetamine. The exhibits (see Photo 9) were seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel pursuant to a vehicle search at the Otay Mesa, California Port of Entry. Analysis of the crystalline material (total net mass 3068 grams) by GC, GC/MS, LC, and IR confirmed 95.1 percent d-methamphetamine hydrochloride. The bricks were approximately 4.5 inches square and 1.5 inches thick; six bricks had an impression of “Hecho en Mexico” (“Made in Mexico”) over and under an eagle head logo (see Photo 10), while the other six bricks had an impression of the face of a smiling monkey (see Photo 11). The latter design has been previously seen at the Southwest Laboratory, but always in such poor quality as to make a positive identification impossible. All 12 blocks had a rounded edge and a broken edge, and physical matching of the broken edges confirmed that the 12 small bricks were actually six larger bricks that had been broken in half, each reconstructed brick being approximately 9 inches long and 1.5 inches thick, with the “Hecho en Mexico” impression on one half and the smiling monkey impression on the other half. Analysis of the compressed material (total net mass 6115 grams after evaporation of the toluene) by GC, GC/MS, LC, and IR confirmed 95.6 percent d-methamphetamine hydrochloride. It is unclear why the bricks were broken in halves. The Southwest Laboratory has previously received similar bricks of compressed methamphetamine.

methamphetamine bricks
Terrapinzflyer, Sep 17, 2009