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- INTELLIGENCE BRIEF - LARGE MDMA SYNTHESIS LABORATORY AND TABLETTING OPERATION
SEIZED IN SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO, CANADA The DEA Special Testing and Research Laboratory's Source Determination Program (Dulles, Virginia) recently received a small selection of tablets and digital photographs of a large number of tablet punches from an operational Ecstasy tabletting operation in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. The laboratory was seized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in cooperation with several other Canadian police agencies. A separate synthesis laboratory was also seized nearby (details on the synthesis route not available). In all, 147 punches, about 200,000 tablets, and sufficient MDMA powder to manufacture an additional 100,000 tablets were seized (total net masses of tablets and powder not reported). Analysis of the forwarded tablets indicated various mixtures of caffeine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, MDMA, GHB, ketamine, and acetaminophen. Photographs of twenty of the more interesting tablet punches are shown on the next two pages. This is believed to be the largest and certainly most varied MDMA tabletting operation ever seized in North America. [Additional comments from the Source Determination Program: Although sometimes overlooked by personnel seizing clandestine laboratory sites, tablet punches can be extremely useful evidence. Detailed toolmark analysis on both tablets and seized tablet punches can potentially link them to many other cases featuring the same tablets made by the same punches. This information can then be used in court to show the duration and extent of a clandestine operation, that is, approximately how long the laboratory was in operation, the kinds of drugs used in various batches of the tablets (and how they changed over time), and the approximate geographical distribution of the tablets. This information can assist in the successful prosecution of conspiracy cases.]

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Terrapinzflyer, Sep 20, 2009
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