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Q - Has anybody
come across a marketing ploy whereby amphetamine sulphate
is cut and solvents (or something) are added in order
to produce a substance resembling amphetamine paste?
Could there be other possible explanations for a 'beige'
paste of less than 0.5% purity? I am also looking for
costing data on normal paste, e.g. 100gm deals.
A - We were
recently involved in a case involving amphetamine which
had the appearance of Asian cannabis resin (dark brown
resinous appearance) at about 3-4% purity.
In most other
cases paste has involved amphetamine of higher purity
(20+%), commonly known as 'base', which sells in small
or large quantities for about 50-100% more than the
same amount of street quality material. A majority of
amphetamine users in our surveys are familiar with,
and had used or bought, 'base' at some time.
to Home Office/FSS statistics, the average purity of
seized amphetamine has increased 3-fold over the past
5 years, and has nearly recovered to the levels of the
to our local drug enforcement squad, base amphetamine
is usually about 1% pure. Although they have never heard
it cut with solvents, it is not out of the realms of
come in 1Kg deals, thereafter down in metric deals,
9oz, etc. They have never heard of 100gms deals. The
cost is about £3000 for 1kg, but your 100gm deal when
cut could cost about £500.
Area Health Authority staff member
paste sounds like a form of Amphetamine which was around,
under the name of 'Toffee', in the Welsh valleys about
a year ago. Staff at TEDS, a street drugs agency, may
be able to tell you more. Contact 01443 203344.