seized bundless of dimethcathinone / dimethylcathinone
VERY LARGE SEIZURE OF DIMETHCATHINONE IN TAMPA, FLORIDA The DEA Southeast Laboratory (Miami, Florida) recently received 25 large cardboard boxes containing brown or off-white powders in large plastic bags, suspected dimethcathinone (see Photo 8). The exhibits were seized at the Tampa Customs Air Cargo warehouse by United States Border Patrol personnel. The boxes had been shipped from China, and were labeled either as “Green Tea Extract” or “Talcum Powder.” A preliminary analysis was conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement/Tampa Laboratory, and identified dimethcathinone. Further analysis of the powder (total net mass 649.4 kilograms) by Southeast Laboratory personnel using GC/FID and GC/MS, and comparison with a reference standard (provided by the DEA North Central Laboratory), confirmed dimethcathinone (not quantitated, but some of the subexhibits were apparently high purity, while others were adulterated or cut). This is the first such submission to the Southeast Laboratory.