Comparison Analysis of Illicit Cocaine Samples

    Volume 37, Issue 2 (March 1992)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 10


    Fernando, AR
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta,

    Janzen, KE
    Forensic toxicologists, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Forensic Laboratory, Edmonton,

    Walter, L
    Forensic toxicologists, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Forensic Laboratory, Edmonton,

    (Received 14 March 1991; accepted 26 July 1991)

    Abstract

    A rapid method for comparison analysis of illicit cocaine samples has been developed. The raw data are obtained by capillary gas chromatography using a nitrogenphosphorus detector. The area ratios of four alkaloids (tropacocaine, norcocaine, cis-cinnamoylcocaine, and trans-cinnamoylcocaine) to cocaine are calculated for each sample. These ratios are compiled in a computer database which allows easy comparison of samples and makes possible reliable conclusions regarding their commonality of origin.


    Paper ID: JFS13253J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13253J

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