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seized fentanyl

FENTANYL IN LACTOSE IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO The DEA South Central Laboratory (Dallas, Texas) recently received two plastic bags of off-white powder that did not field test positive for any common drugs (see Photo 8). The exhibit was seized by agents from the DEA El Paso Field Division pursuant to a search of an individual at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, train station (no further details). Analysis of the powder (total net mass 1.75 kilograms) by GC/MS, NMR, FTIR/ATR, and HPLC indicated 3.4 percent fentanyl hydrochloride cut with lactose. This is the largest exhibit of fentanyl hydrochloride ever submitted to the South Central Laboratory. [Editor’s Note: A similar exhibit (9.8 percent fentanyl cut with lactose) was recently reported by the DEA Southwest Laboratory; see: Microgram Bulletin 2007;40(4):41.]

seized fentanyl
Terrapinzflyer, Sep 18, 2009
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