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16 tons of safrole seized [VNM]
    #4625494 - 09/06/05 02:14 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Company nabbed importing raw materials for narcotics manufacture
September 6, 2005 - thanhniennews.com

Ho Chi Minh City Customs officials this week uncovered a State-run company alleged to have illegally imported 16 tons of chemicals used for the manufacture of illicit drugs.

HCMC customs discovered the Central Medicine Company number 1 in May imported over 16 tons of a substance verified as safrole, an ingredient used to manufacture the hallucinogenic street drug called ecstasy, or 'e', while the company declared it as an ingredient for essential oils.

According to the customs' registry, the goods weighing over 16,000kg, and worth some US$105,000, was imported from Cambodia via the Xa Xia border gate in Mekong Delta province Kien Giang and transported to Saigon Port in May for customs formalities.

A transaction only

The goods were to be exported to a third party; the IFF Company from China, with the intermediary role of the Vietnamese company purely transactional, an official of the Central Medicine Company number 1 told customs.

Furthermore, the company argued that they have imported and transported the substance many times previously under contracts with partners from Laos, Cambodia, China and many other countries.

Earlier, the substance safrole was declared as sassafras essential oil, and was granted certificates of verification by Vietnam's inspection company Vinacontrol, added the member of Central Medicine Company.

Now, relevant authorities are checking if the Central Medicine Company No. 1 has the right to import safrole, mentioned in the United Nations Convention as a medical substance under strict control.

Studies on animals show safrole causes permanent liver damage, resulting in liver cancer. The substance has also been implicated in causing nerve damage, inducing increased heart rate, hallucinations, paralysis, and other undesirable side affects.


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Re: 16 tons of safrole seized [VNM] [Re: veggie]
    #4625573 - 09/06/05 02:40 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

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Re: 16 tons of safrole seized [VNM] [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4626365 - 09/06/05 06:45 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

I wonder how much MDMA could be produced from 16 tons of safrole.


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Re: 16 tons of safrole seized [VNM] [Re: veggie]
    #4627271 - 09/06/05 10:28 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Roughly 5-15 million would be my educated guess. Normal small scale synth turns 160g of safrole into 100-250 doses. I would imagine most small scale synths pay more attention to getting the biggest bang for your buck. Larger synths would probably be about speed, so lose some output. 160g yielding 100-250 is 10-25 million. I would say 50-60% yield atleast.


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Re: 16 tons of safrole seized [VNM] [Re: veggie]
    #4636169 - 09/09/05 01:13 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Did they get busted for importing pure safrole or for importing sassafras oil?


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Re: 16 tons of safrole seized [VNM] [Re: cb9fl]
    #4636218 - 09/09/05 01:23 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Well, the article says it was safrole.


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Re: 16 tons of safrole seized [VNM] [Re: veggie]
    #4636585 - 09/09/05 02:42 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

It was imported as sassafrass oil, which has been shown to be 90-95% safrole by weight....so the difference is moot.
Given a decent chemist and good equiment, expect 70 percent overall return by weight....so a FUCKING SHITLOAD of MDMA.


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Re: 16 tons of safrole seized [VNM] [Re: Randolph_Carter]
    #4637826 - 09/09/05 02:45 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

The point isn't moot. Extracted sassafras oil is different than pure safole. In the past sassafras oil has not been directly regulated as a List I chemical.


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Re: 16 tons of safrole seized [VNM] [Re: veggie]
    #4637854 - 09/09/05 02:55 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

reminds me of the song-
load sixteen tons and whadayou get?
another day older and deeper in debt...


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Re: 16 tons of safrole seized [VNM] [Re: cb9fl]
    #4637930 - 09/09/05 03:09 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

cb9fl said:
The point isn't moot. Extracted sassafras oil is different than pure safole. In the past sassafras oil has not been directly regulated as a List I chemical.




is that under US or Vietnamese law?


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