Degradation in soil of precursors and by-products associated with the illicit manufacture of methylamphetamine: Implications for clandestine drug laboratory investigation

Raktim Pal, M Megharaj, Ravi Naidu, Gunter Klass, Matthew Cox, Kenneth Kirkbride

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    Abstract

    Key precursors and by-products in the Leuckardt, Nagai and dissolving metal reductive syntheses of methylamphetamine undergo degradation in soil as a result of biotic and abiotic processes. Furthermore, methylamphetamine is a product of the degradation of 1-(1',4'-cyclohexadienyl)-2-methylaminopropane and N-formylmethylamphetamine.These findings have implications for the forensic assessment of buried residues recovered from clandestine laboratory sites because markers used to infer the synthetic methods used might be absent as a result of degradation and because methylamphetamine might be present in residues as a result of degradation rather than as a direct result of its manufacture in the laboratory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)245-250
    Number of pages6
    JournalForensic Science International
    Volume220
    Issue number1-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2012

    Keywords

    • Clandestine lab
    • Dissolving metal reduction method
    • Illicit drug
    • Leuckardt method
    • Methylamphetamine
    • Nagai method
    • Nazi method

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