Drug Smuggling Using Clothing Impregnated with Cocaine

    Volume 50, Issue 6 (November 2005)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 14 September 2005

    Page Count: 3


    Power, JD
    Forensic Science Laboratory, Garda H.Q., Dublin 8,

    McDermott, SD
    Forensic Science Laboratory, Garda H.Q., Dublin 8,

    (Received 12 April 2005; accepted 22 June 2005)

    Abstract

    A case study is presented where a woman travelling from South America to the Republic of Ireland was detained at Dublin Airport and articles of clothing she had in her luggage were found to be impregnated with cocaine. The study shows that the amount of powder recovered from the garments was approximately 14% of the total weight of the garments. The cocaine was in the form of cocaine hydrochloride and the purity was approximately 80%. An examination of the garments under filtered light highlighted the areas exposed to cocaine and indicated that the method of impregnation was by pouring liquid containing cocaine onto the clothing.


    Paper ID: JFS2005198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2005198

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    Title Drug Smuggling Using Clothing Impregnated with Cocaine
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30