In this paper, we describe the approach to the characterization of an unusual material seized by the judicial authority, near Brescia City in Northern Italy. Usual analyses such as thin-layer chromatography, gas chromatography (GC)–flame ionization detection, and GC/mass spectrometry (MS) did not show the presence of drugs of abuse, in particular amphetamine-like compounds. The major solid component was identified as cornstarch; then taking into account the strong aromatic scent of the seized material; a preliminary experiment for volatile organic compounds was carried out by headspace (HS)-GC/MS. This analysis tentatively evidenced the presence of 1-phenyl-2-propanone (P2P), an amphetamine precursor. Therefore, we developed and optimized a new analytical method for determination of P2P in seized materials by HS-GC/MS. We also synthesized P2P, with the permission of the Ministry of Health, to have it as reference standard, because of its being illegal and the difficulty in obtaining it. This case had some analogies with the cases referred to as “wet amphetamine” by the judicial authority, in which amphetamines are sold mixed with P2P. The possible use of the material could be the production of tablets made of cornstarch with an aromatic scent similar to that of amphetamines to deceive consumers and to sell them as a drug of abuse.
Determination of 1-phenyl-2-propanone (P2P) by HS-GC/MS in a material sold as “wet amphetamine” / S. Arnoldi, G. Roda, A. Coceanig, E. Casagni, L. Dell’Acqua, F. Farè, C. Rusconi, L. Tamborini, G.L. Visconti, V. Gambaro. - In: FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY. - ISSN 1860-8965. - 34:2(2016 Jul), pp. 411-418.
|Titolo:||Determination of 1-phenyl-2-propanone (P2P) by HS-GC/MS in a material sold as “wet amphetamine”|
ARNOLDI, SEBASTIANO (Primo)
RODA, GABRIELLA (Corresponding)
VISCONTI, GIACOMO LUCA (Penultimo)
GAMBARO, VENIERO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||1-Phenyl-2-propanone; amphetamine; cornstarch; HS-GC/MS; methamphetamine; “Wet amphetamine”; 2734; toxicology; biochemistry (medical)|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/08 - Chimica Farmaceutica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||lug-2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11419-016-0311-3|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|