ready to use vials of injectable heroin
"READY TO USE" VIALS OF INJECTABLE HEROIN SOLUTIONS IN FARAH PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN The DEA Special Testing and Research Laboratory (Dulles, Virginia) recently received several submissions of sealed injection vials, each containing approximately 2 milliliters of yellow to golden colored liquids, purported heroin solutions (see Photo 3). The exhibits were seized by the Afghanistan Special Narcotics Force (ASNF) and DEA personnel at a residential complex in Farah Province, Afghanistan (located in the western part of the country, bordering Iran). In all, about 25 of the vials were submitted for analysis (there were over 200,000 such vials at the complex). Analysis via GC/FID, GC/MS, NMR, FTIR-ATR, and CE confirmed that the liquids were solutions of heroin hydrochloride in water (pH 4 - 5), varying from trace to 13 milligrams/milliliter (most were between 12 - 13 milligrams/milliliter). O6-Monoacetylmorphine was the primary component in solutions with low heroin concentrations, and it appears that in these cases the heroin hydrolyzed before the solution was analyzed. Pheniramine and caffeine were also found in some of the solutions. Based on investigative intelligence, it is believed that the vials were prepared as “ready-to-use” injectable heroin solutions. These were the first submissions of this type to the Special Testing and Research Laboratory.