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Identification of α-Phenylethylamine in Judicial Samples

E. Meyer, J.F. Van Bocxlaer, W.E. Lambert, L. Thienpont and A.P. De Leenheer

in Journal of Analytical Toxicology

Volume 20, issue 2, pages 116-120
Published in print March 1996 | ISSN: 0146-4760
e-ISSN: 1945-2403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jat/20.2.116
Identification of α-Phenylethylamine in Judicial Samples

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α-Phenylethylamine was recently identified in samples from several judicial cases using chromatographic (high-performance liquid chromatography-diode-array detection, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography-Fourier transform infrared detection) and spectrometric (nuclear magnetic resonance) techniques. In the first case, 1 kg of a white powder was found in a basement laboratory. It contained caffeine and more than 15% α-phenylethylamine. In the second care, two white powders were seized from a female. One powder consisted of pure amphetamine, and the other was a mixture of caffeine, amphetamine, and α-phenylethylamine. Four months later, a couple, who were known drug users, were found dead in their apartment. Urine samples of both victims contained large amounts of amphetamine together with α-phenylethylamine. Recently, 0.13 kg of a white powder and 0.30 kg of an orange powder were seized during a law enforcement operation. Both powders were mixtures of caffeine, amphetamine, and α-phenylethylamine. The data presented demonstrate the recent and unrelated repetitive occurrence of α-phenylethylamine in the circuit of illicit drugs.

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