The Clandestine Drug Laboratory Situation in the United States

    Volume 28, Issue 1 (January 1983)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 January 1983

    Page Count: 14

    Frank, RS
    Chief, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice, Washington, DC

    (Received 8 March 1982; accepted 6 May 1982)


    Clandestine, or illegal, laboratories are operated by the criminal element to circumvent legal requirements with the goal of supplying drugs of abuse to the illicit market. Investigation of clandestine drug manufacturing laboratories is a high priority of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) because elimination of these laboratories will prevent drugs of abuse from reaching the illicit drug traffic. One of the important responsibilities of forensic chemists assisting in investigations of clandestine drug laboratories is to be familiar with the methods of synthesis being used by clandestine laboratory, operators. A review of clandestine laboratory seizures during the period of 1978 through 1981 will be provided to familiarize forensic chemists with current information on the types of laboratories being seized in the United States and the methods of synthesis being used.

    Paper ID: JFS12235J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12235J

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    Title The Clandestine Drug Laboratory Situation in the United States
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30