(Received 27 August 1971; accepted 20 September 1971)
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The examination of illicit heroin by the forensic scientist will often entail the identification of adulterants and excipients for intelligence purposes. Fulton  in an earlier study of adulterant and diluent content of contraband heroin, found quinine, mannitol, and lactose to be the most common diluents. Knowledge of the various diluents used to cut heroin may provide clues that will enable law enforcement agencies to correlate heroin traffic in diverse metropolitan and geographical areas.
Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Dallas Regional Laboratory, Dallas, Texas
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