The Isolation and Identification of Precursors and Reaction Products in the Clandestine Manufacture of Methaqualone and Mecloqualone

    Volume 30, Issue 4 (October 1985)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 October 1985

    Page Count: 26


    Meyers, JA
    Forensic chemists, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, North Central Laboratory, Chicago, IL

    Angelos, SA
    Forensic chemists, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, North Central Laboratory, Chicago, IL

    (Received 11 August 1984; accepted 13 December 1984)

    Abstract

    Abuse of the hypnotic quinazolinone is well recognized and increasing. Clandestine laboratories producing methaqualone (2-methyl-3-othro-tolyl-4(3H) quinazolinone) and mecloqualone (2-methyl-3-othro-chlorophenyl-4(3H) quinazolinone) have been discovered throughout the United States. These laboratories utilize one of many synthesis routes to produce the illicit quinazolinone. Frequently, the clandestine chemist has little, if any, formal education in chemistry; does not keep notes; and does not label flasks and beakers containing solutions. The forensic chemist may be asked to analyze unmarked reaction mixtures that were seized in a clandestine laboratory raid. As a result, a rapid method of isolation and identification of the precursors and products of such a mixture is presented.


    Paper ID: JFS11044J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11044J

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    Title The Isolation and Identification of Precursors and Reaction Products in the Clandestine Manufacture of Methaqualone and Mecloqualone
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