Qualitative, quantitative and temporal study of cutting agents for cocaine and heroin over 9 years

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_E1C825162C88
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Titre
Qualitative, quantitative and temporal study of cutting agents for cocaine and heroin over 9 years
Périodique
Forensic Science International
Auteur(s)
Broseus J., Gentile N., Bonadio Pont F., Garcia Gongora J. M., Gasté L., Esseiva P.
ISSN
0379-0738
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
12/2015
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
257
Pages
307-313
Langue
anglais
Résumé
Forensic laboratories mainly focus on the qualification and the quantitation of the illicit drug under analysis as both aspects are used for judiciary purposes. Therefore, information related to cutting agents (adulterants and diluents) detected in illicit drugs is limited in the forensic literature.
This article discusses the type and frequency of adulterants and diluents detected in more than 6000 cocaine specimens and 3000 heroin specimens, confiscated in western Switzerland from 2006 to 2014. The results show a homogeneous and quite unchanging adulteration for heroin, while for cocaine it could be characterised as heterogeneous and relatively dynamic. Furthermore, the results indicate that dilution affects more cocaine than heroin. Therefore, the results provided by this study tend to reveal differences between the respective structures of production or distribution of cocaine and heroin.
This research seeks to promote the systematic analysis of cutting agents by forensic laboratories. Collecting and processing data related to the presence of cutting agents in illicit drug specimens produces relevant information to understand and to compare the structure of illicit drug markets.
Mots-clé
Illicit drug, Adulterant, Diluent, Criminal market, Drug profiling, Strategic intelligence
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14/12/2015 7:44
Dernière modification de la notice
20/08/2019 16:05
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