This article describes the application of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) to the recovery of manufacturing by-products and impurities from an illicit drug seizure. The preparation chosen for examination using this technique contained 4-methoxyamphetamine, an hallucinogenic amphetamine that has been encountered frequently in South Australia. Compounds found in the PMA preparation included 4-methoxyphenol, 4-methoxybenzaldehyde, 4- methoxyphenyl-2-propanone, 4-methoxyphenyl-2-propanol, 4- methoxyphenylpropene, and (tentatively) 4-methyl-5-(4'-methoxyphenyl) pyrimidine. The presence of these compounds suggests that the active drug was prepared from 4-methoxybenzaldehyde via 4-methoxyphenyl-2-propanone using a Leuckardt inductive amination. In this instance, SPME was found to be a simple, rapid, and nondestructive recovery technique that gave results complementary to those provided by conventional liquid-liquid extraction. There is an indication that SPME might find application in profiling of illicit drugs.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Forensic Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 1999|
- Forensic science
- Solid-phase microextraction
- Substance abuse