Ph.D. candidate, The American University, Washington, DC
Senior criminalist, California Department of Justice, Berkeley, CA
(Received 28 April 1990; accepted 16 July 1990)
N-formyl cocaine has been found to be a processing impurity (via potassium permanganate oxidation) in clandestine cocaine processing. Chemical isolation and spectroscopic data are presented. Its occurrence in illicit cocaine samples is examined for its value in sample comparisons. A general discussion of clandestine cocaine processing and permanganate oxidation is included.
Paper ID: JFS13078J